Mudslide buries village, new hurricane nears Mexico

Mudslide buries village, new hurricane nears Mexico
Soldiers and police work around the wreckage of a bus after it was buried by a mountain landslide at Altotonga.

ACAPULCO, Mexico - A resurgent hurricane neared Mexico's northwest coast Wednesday after twin storms killed at least 80 people nationwide and buried part of a village under a mudslide, leaving dozens more missing.

President Enrique Pena Nieto said 58 people were missing after a "major landslide" collapsed on La Pintada, a village of 400 people in the mountains of southwestern Guerrero state.

"We are not sure for the moment how many people are trapped under the mud," Pena Nieto said.

Ediberto Tabarez, the mayor of Atoyac de Alvarez, a municipality that oversees La Pintada, told AFP in a phone interview that at least 15 bodies have been pulled out of the rubble.

Tabarez said the situation was "very critical" after more than 20 homes were crushed in the remote village, located west of the Pacific resort of Acapulco.

Pena Nieto said more than 280 villagers were evacuated and 91 would be rescued later.

Authorities said the death toll had risen to 80 across the country after a pair of tropical storms, Ingrid and Manuel, triggered landslides and floods over large swaths of Mexico this week.

As the tragedy worsened, Manuel regenerated into a category one hurricane as it closed in on the state of Sinaloa, packing top winds of 75 miles (115 kilometers) per hour and threatening to spark flash floods and mudslides, the US National Hurricane Center said.

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