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Mexico Landslide: Search Continues For Victims
Mexican soldiers are digging through tons of mud and dirt in their continuing search for landslide victims.
Authorities are also looking for a police helicopter that went missing while carrying out relief operations on the flood-stricken Pacific coast.
The helicopter had three crew members on board and was returning from the remote mountain village of La Pintada, where the mudslide occurred, when it went missing on Thursday.
Federal security spokesman Eduardo Sanchez said: "We still don't know anything. (The helicopter) was in La Pintada and then we didn't hear anything more from it."
Search efforts continued in the town north of Acapulco, where 68 people were reported missing following Monday's slide.
Two bodies have been recovered, but it was unclear if they were among those on the list of missing.
Police have been helping move emergency supplies and aid victims of massive flooding caused by Tropical Storm Manuel, which washed out bridges and collapsed highways throughout the area, cutting Acapulco off by land and stranding thousands of tourists.
The country's Transportation Department said Friday that a patchwork connection of roads leading to Mexico City had been partially reopened around midday on Friday.
Thousands of cars, trucks and buses lined up at the edge of Acapulco, waiting to get out of the flood stricken city.
Survivors of the La Pintada landslide staying at a shelter in Acapulco recounted how a tidal wave of dirt, rocks and trees exploded off the hill, sweeping through the centre of town.
It buried families in their homes and swept wooden houses into the bed of the swollen river that winds past the village on its way to the Pacific.
Resident Marta Alvarez said: "Everyone who could ran into the coffee fields. It smothered the homes and sent them into the river.
"Half the homes in town were smothered and buried."
La Pintada was the scene of the single greatest tragedy in the twin paths of destruction wreaked by Manuel and Hurricane Ingrid, which simultaneously pounded both of Mexico's coasts over the weekend, spawning huge floods and landslides across hundreds of miles of coastal and inland areas.
More than 100 people have now been killed as a result of the flooding and landslides in Mexico.