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A Canadian among the victims of Hurricane Otis

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Hurricane Otis caused extensive damage in Acapulco, located on the Pacific coast of Mexico.

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Mexican officials said Monday that three foreign nationals, including a Canadian, were among the 45 people – according to a still provisional toll – who lost their lives when Hurricane Otis hit the beach town of Acapulco last week.

Prosecutors in Acapulco said the deaths recorded so far included a Canadian, an American and an Englishman. According to prosecutors, these foreign nationals had been living in Acapulco for some time and were not considered tourists.

Global Affairs Canada is aware of reports that a Canadian citizen has died in Acapulco. Consular officers are in contact with local authorities for additional information. For confidentiality reasons, no further information can be disclosed.

Meanwhile, the Mexican Navy said search efforts would now focus on possible bodies that could be in the 29 small boats that sank in Acapulco Bay the night the hurricane hit. hit.

Navy Secretary Admiral José Rafael Ojeda said the boats had been found and authorities were waiting for them to arrive. #x27;arrival of a ship equipped with a crane, later Monday, to remove the wrecks from the water.

There are fears that some missing crew members may still be on boats in the bay. Acapulco is known for both its abundance of expensive yachts and the inexpensive tour boats that ferry tourists around the area.

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Buildings gutted after Otis's passage.

L& #x27;Hurricane hit Acapulco early last Wednesday with devastating winds of 166 mph, after strengthening so quickly that people had little time to prepare. Residents reported that some crews chose or were ordered to stay on board to monitor their craft.

The government reported Sunday that at least 48 people died, most of them in Acapulco, when the Category 5 hurricane hit the Pacific coast from southern Mexico. Mexico's civil protection agency said in a statement that 43 of the dead were in the resort city of Acapulco and five others in the neighboring town of Coyuca de Benitez.

Some 45 dead and as many missing. This is the latest report from Hurricane Otis which hit Acapulco. And among the victims, at least one Canadian. Authorities say he had lived in the area for a long time. Five days after the Category 5 hurricane hit, the needs are immense. Report by Marie-Isabelle Rochon

In Acapulco, families organized funerals for the dead on Sunday and continued their search for basic necessities while as officials and volunteers cleared streets clogged with mud and debris left behind by Otis.

Katy Barrera, 30, said Sunday that her aunt's family was buried under a landslide when tons of mud and rocks fell on their home. Her aunt's body was found along with the remains of their three children, ages 2 to 21. His uncle was still missing. Additionally, Ms. Barrera's mother and brother are also missing.

There are many, many bodies here in the [morgue], which are entire families; families of six, families of four, even eight, Ms. Barrera said. I ask the authorities not to lie […] There are many people who arrive dead.

Kristian Vera, owner of a small fishing boat, said Saturday that some of the dead were either fishermen tending to their boats or yacht captains who had been asked by the owners to stay behind. when Otis was approaching, then a tropical storm.

Officials of the national electricity company promised to restore power to all of Acapulco from x27;here Tuesday evening, a week after the hurricane.

Help took a long time to arrive. The destruction from the storm isolated the city of nearly a million people on its first day, and as Otis grew quickly on Tuesday, people didn't have much time to get organized. little could have been organized in advance.

The federal civil protection agency recorded 220,000 houses damaged by the #x27;hurricane, which shattered the windows and walls of certain high-rise hotels, and tore off the tin roofs of thousands of residences.


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