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Thousands of stranded tourists flown out of Acapulco

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People wait to be airlifted by Mexico's Secretariat of National Defense out of Acapulco.PHOTO: REUTERS
People wait to be airlifted by Mexico's Secretariat of National Defense out of Acapulco.PHOTO: REUTERS

Around 2,750 tourists have been flown out of the Mexican resort city of Acapulco following floods that came in the wake of tropical storm Manuel, the Transportation Ministry said on Wednesday.

The vacationers were brought by military and commercial airline flights to Mexico City.

Authorities estimate that around 40,000 tourists, primarily from Mexico City, are stranded in Acapulco. The city in the south-western state of Guerrero has been largely cut off from the outside world by floods and landslides.

Air travellers have had to be brought directly to the runways because the airport terminal was flooded.

Many people were in Acapulco taking advantage of the long weekend created for the Mexican Independence Day holiday. Numerous hotels were without electricity and water due to the storm.DPA

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