Catastrophe in Mexico

My wife and I took our normal vacation to Mexico this year in September. Our first visit was Rio Verde where we attended a quince anos which is the celebration of a girl turning 15 years old marking her transition into adulthood. There was a lot of partying and drinking during the reception that follows a Catholic church mass. Also saw the boxing match between Canelo and Mayweather at a bar next door to the reception. Horns were blaring with the crowd cheering for their national hero Canelo. Unfortunately Canelo lost and the cheering stopped. Most of my friends in Mexico said that Mayweather was the better fighter and agreed with the decision. On to Tamasopa waterfalls next day. Normally it is open for swimming but this day it was closed due to high water. Could only look at it and enjoy the scenery.

We looked forward to the drive to Chilpancingo over 9 hours away. We could spend some time in Acapulco enjoying the beach and maybe some deep sea fishing. Little did we know a catastrophe was unfolding as we drove from Rio Verde, then Mexico City and finally Chilpancingo. Tropical storm Manuel dumped huge amounts of rain in Guerrero causing land slides, flooding and a loss of at least 97 lives. The highway to Acapulco was closed and Acapulco was declared a disaster area. All we could do in Chilpancingo was watch tv and not much else. This was one vacation where I wanted to go home. I did get to take some photos of the flooding in Chilpancingo. The Huacapa river overran its banks and caused extensive damage to a portion of the town. A relative of mine drove me around town and I took a variety of photos-just a matter of F11 and being there. Took some photos of relief efforts as well. Even if you cannot be there during the hight of the storm as the police will close off affected areas-photos can be taken afterwards when the flood begins to subside. Be sure to take photos of rebuilding efforts. For many people in Mexico the tropical rains have destroyed their homes and their lives. Many areas are still flooded. Enjoyed a party with friends and more drinking-not much else to do. Spent a day shopping in Mexico City and then home-glad to be home! Hope next year will be better for everyone in Mexico.

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Photo credits: Galina Barskaya, Carrienelson1, Jiri Hera, Terry Katz, Richard Gunion.

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October 01, 2013


Acapulco is still flooded and now has crocodiles:
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September 30, 2013


Might be a good time to go to Acapulco:

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September 30, 2013


Many places like Tixtla were still flooded when we left. I think by now Acapulco is getting back to normal though if you plan to visit I would wait another couple of weeks. My relatives say that prices for groceries and a meal in a restaurant are sky high now due limited supplies. The rainy season should soon end and bring the nice winter weather with cooler but still hot weather for Acapulco.

September 30, 2013


Thanks for sharing your trip info, this actually happened 2 weeks ago, it was good you didn't arrive to Acapulco. Manuel almost left 200 deaths and thousands have lost everything. All over Mexico there is a campaign for funds and to send things to people that live in Guerrero, because they are in a very difficult situation, and 90% of roads and highways were affected. Acapulco and Chilpancingo now are doing better since roads have been opened, but the problem still remains in the small towns were roads were vanished and in the income of people that live from tourism.

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