Tiny Mexican village devastated and grieving after landslide leaves 68 missing

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Associated Press

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 3:03 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 20 at 3:03 AM

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Manuel is no more, but it's had a deadly impact along Mexico's Pacific Coast.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Manuel has degenerated into an area of low pressure after making landfall in the state of Sinaloa Thursday.

The storm delivered a couple of punches along Mexico's Pacific coast while Hurricane Ingrid struck the Gulf Coast over the weekend. In all, at least 97 deaths are tied to the storms. But that total does not include the 68 people missing in the village of La Pintada, which was devastated by a landslide Monday.

Emergency workers in the mountain village of about 800 tried to evacuate the last survivors and dug through the rubble for bodies Thursday. Several entire families were wiped out by the landslide, which plowed almost directly through the center of La Pintada.

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APPHOTO RPTMW103: Nancy Gomez, 21, an injured resident of La Pintada, and her 1-year-old baby, receive medical attention in a shelter at the Convention Center in Acapulco, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Federal police rescued more than 300 people from La Pintada after it was hit by a landslide Monday afternoon, but officials said at least 58 people were missing and presumed dead. Gomez said that she heard a strange sound and went to look out the doorway of her family's house, her baby clutched in her arms. She saw the ground move, then felt a jolt from behind as her father tried to push her to safety. She never saw him again. (AP Photo/Michael Weissenstein) (19 Sep 2013)

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