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Acapulco Airport Reopens Following Twin Hurricanes; Tourism Still Struggles

September 24, 2013

Acapulco is still suffering in the wake of hurricane double storms Manual and Ingrid. According to NBC News, the death toll has risen to at least 110. Driving rain and mudslides have affected more than 1 million people across the country and have forced 50,000 to evacuate from their homes.

"On Sunday, Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto said the death toll was at '110 or 115.' He said Mexico's Congress would revise its budget in response to the storm." More than 20,000 people are left in shelters. 

A state-by-state evaluation was called, as well. The plan, according to Nieto, at the moment is to assess resources that need to be added beyond those already budgeted for contingency and disaster funds to rebuild infrastructure that has been lost.

Rappler is reporting that thousands of tourists have been evacuated, but the city is still suffering from water, power and food shortages. "Because the storms swamped the airport and runways, tourists had to wait until authorities could get them out on an improvised airlift once the runways were open," the article reports. 

As of Sunday, the airport is fully open, but the destination still has a long way to go before it is able to accommodate tourists, which is a slap in the face to Acapulco as it has been working long and hard to show travelers that it is once again a safe place in Mexico to visit. 

Still, the government remains optimistic. On Saturday, President Nieto said, "Mexicans need to know, and the world needs to know, that Acapulco is still standing and its tourism industry is still standing."

Infrastructure is still in place, but without power and drinking water, there is still much to be done. 

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