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Hurricane Otis Leaves a Trail of Devastation in Acapulco, Mexico

In the early hours of October 26, 2023, one of the most powerful storms in Mexico’s history, Hurricane Otis, made landfall in the Pacific beach resort of Acapulco. The Category 5 hurricane brought widespread destruction, claiming the lives of at least 27 people, with four others still missing, according to the Mexican government.

Hurricane Otis Leaves a Trail of Devastation in Acapulco, Mexico
Hurricane Otis Leaves a Trail of Devastation in Acapulco, Mexico

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador described the impact as “disastrous” during a regular government press conference. Hurricane Otis unleashed its fury on the southern state of Guerrero, leaving Acapulco in a state of chaos.

The hurricane inundated streets, tore the roofs off homes and hotels, and severed communication, road, and air access. The aftermath of the storm made it difficult for officials to swiftly assess the full extent of the damage, as downed phone service and electricity lines added to the challenges.

To aid in the recovery efforts, nearly 8,400 members of Mexico’s army, air force, and national guard were deployed in and around Acapulco, as announced by the defense ministry. As the cleanup operations continued, classes for students in the state were canceled for a second day. Governor Evelyn Salgado took to social media to share that authorities were working diligently to restore electricity and reactivate drinking water pumps in Acapulco.

The state power utility, CFE, reported that over 1,300 of its employees were working tirelessly to restore power. At the time of their announcement on Wednesday evening, around 300,000 people were still without electricity.

The impact of Hurricane Otis wasn’t limited to Acapulco’s infrastructure alone. The city’s international airport had to be closed due to the hurricane’s devastation. The control tower was wrecked, telecommunications were cut, and access roads were blocked, making it impossible for air traffic to operate.

As Mexico counts the cost of this “disastrous” hurricane, the focus remains on recovery, restoration, and rebuilding. The resilience of the people and the concerted efforts of government agencies will play a crucial role in healing the wounds inflicted by Hurricane Otis. Our thoughts go out to all those affected by this devastating natural disaster, and we hope for a swift and robust recovery for the beautiful region of Acapulco.

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