ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Mexican soldiers are digging through tons of mud and dirt, as they continue to search for victims of a landslide in a remote mountain village north of Acapulco.
Sixty-eight people were reported missing after Monday's landslide. Two bodies have been recovered.
Meanwhile, authorities are looking for a federal police helicopter that disappeared while carrying out relief operations on Mexico's flood-stricken Pacific coast. The helicopter had been returning from the village where the mudslide occurred.
Federal police have been helping to move emergency supplies and help victims of massive flooding caused by Tropical Storm Manuel. It washed out bridges and collapsed highways throughout the area, cutting off Acapulco by land and stranding thousands of tourists.
Federal officials said today that a patchwork connection of roads leading to Mexico City has been reopened today. But part of the main toll highway remains blocked by collapsed tunnels and mudslides.
GRAPHICSBANK: A car lays buried in mud after flooding triggered by Tropical Storm Manuel, Chilpancingo, Mexico, photo on texture, partial graphic (20 Sep 2013)
APPHOTO MXBH105: People use a makeshift ladder to cross a bridge that was damaged by the floods caused by Tropical Storm Manuel near the town of Carrizal, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Manuel, the same storm that devastated Acapulco and surrounding areas, gained hurricane force and rolled into the northern state of Sinaloa on Thursday morning before starting to weaken, falling again to tropical storm strength. It would continue to spread heavy rains inland, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. (AP Photo/ Bernandino Hernandez) (19 Sep 2013)
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