Storm Death Toll Continues To Rise In Mexico

ACAPULCO, Mexico (September 21, 2013)--A missing Federal Police helicopter aiding in storm rescue efforts in Mexico has crashed and all aboard were found dead, a government spokesman said.

The number of victims is still being determined and could be between three and five people, all federal police, spokesman Eduardo Sanchez said.

The announcement came as officials said the overall death toll from storms Manuel and Ingrid over the past week rose to 101, not counting the helicopter casualties.

Sixty-eight people remain missing in La Pintada, where a landslide buried half of the town.

The helicopter disappeared on Thursday as it returned from La Pintada, a remote mountain coffee-growing village northwest of the resort city of Acapulco.

Weather conditions there initially hampered rescue efforts and flights into the area.


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