Pictures show devastation of Hurricane Otis in Mexico which killed at least 27

Survivors of the extreme storm are resorting to looting stores for basic supplies.

Pictures show devastation of Hurricane Otis in Mexico which killed at least 27
epa10941023 View of a street affected by Hurricane Otis in the beach resort of Acapulco, in the state of Guerrero, Mexico, 26 October 2023. Mexico's government reported that at least 27 dead and four missing, after the passage of Hurricane Otis along the country's Pacific coast. EPA/David Guzman
The resort city of Acapulco in Mexico has been devastated by Hurricane Otis (Picture: EPA)

Survivors of an extreme storm in Mexico are resorting to looting stores for basic supplies.

The resort city of Acapulco has been devastated by Hurricane Otis, which has been rated a Category 5 storm – with wind speeds of around 165mph.

At least 27 people were killed and four, including three military personnel, remain missing following the hurricane which hit on Wednesday.

Footage and images show how the storm ripped through the port city, destroying beach fronts and 80% of hotels.

Desperate tourists and locals were told to loot stores so they could have access to food and fluids.

Paola Ruiz Velasco, a tourist from Mexico City, said: ‘I went to the naval base because they said there was a shelter there, but the soldiers just stared at me like I was crazy.

‘They didn’t even give us a bottle of water, nothing. They told us to go and steal from a store so we could have something.’

TOPSHOT - View of damages in the beach area following the passage of Hurricane Otis in Acapulco, Guerrero State, Mexico, on October 26, 2023. Hurricane Otis killed at least 27 people as it lashed Mexico's beach resort city of Acapulco as a scale-topping category 5 storm, officials said Thursday, in what residents called a
Footage and images show how the storm ripped through the city (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)
epa10942051 A handout satellite image made available by Maxar Technologies shows damaged boats in a marina, in Acapulco Bay, Mexico, 26 October 2023. Mexico's government reported that at least 27 people were dead and four missing after the passage of Hurricane Otis along the country's Pacific coast. EPA/MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES / HANDOUT -- MANDATORY CREDIT: SATELLITE IMAGE 2023 MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES -- THE WATERMARK MAY NOT BE REMOVED/CROPPED -- HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
An aerial image shows the extent of the damage to the port (Picture: EPA)
ACAPULCO, MEXICO - OCTOBER 26: A person walks carrying goods from a looted store after hurricane Otis hit Acapulco on October 26, 2023 in Acapulco, Mexico. Otis made landfall through the coast of Acapulco in the early morning of October 25 as a category 5 storm. President Lopez Obrador reported that communications were interrupted in the city, power lines were down affecting almost a million people, infrastructure is severely damaged and the roads to the port present important damages. Authorities report 27 deceased and 4 people missing. (Photo by Oscar Guerrero Ramirez/Getty Images)
Survivors of the extreme storm are resorting to looting stores for basic supplies (Picture: Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A man walks on a looted supermarket after the passage of Hurricane Otis in Acapulco, Guerrero State, Mexico, on October 26, 2023. Hurricane Otis killed at least 27 people as it lashed Mexico's beach resort city of Acapulco as a scale-topping category 5 storm, officials said Thursday, in what residents called a
A quarter of a million homes and businesses were still left without electricity last night (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)
ACAPULCO, MEXICO - OCTOBER 26: Peoplw walk on the streets carrying goods and different products from looted stores after hurricane Otis hit Acapulco on October 26, 2023 in Acapulco, Mexico. Otis made landfall through the coast of Acapulco in the early morning of October 25 as a category 5 storm. President Lopez Obrador reported that communications were interrupted in the city, power lines were down affecting almost a million people, infrastructure is severely damaged and the roads to the port present important damages. Authorities report 27 deceased and 4 people missing. (Photo by Oscar Guerrero Ramirez/Getty Images)
Traffic was left gridlocked by fallen trees, landslides and debris (Picture: Getty Images)

Acapulco’s police chief Luis Enrique Vazquez Rodriguez said yesterday: ‘We don’t have the capacity to stop looting because there’s so many people. This is a completely extraordinary situation.

‘There is no possibility or force capacity in any part of the country. This happens and has happened in other areas.’

Much of the city has been left paralysed after mud, flooding and fallen trees left roads closed.

A quarter of a million homes and businesses were still left without electricity last night after fears grew that repair efforts may focus on tourism rather than helping the poor.

ACAPULCO, MEXICO - OCTOBER 26: A damaged truck lies on the side of a road after hurricane Otis hit Acapulco on October 26, 2023 in Acapulco, Mexico. Otis made landfall through the coast of Acapulco in the early morning of October 25 as a category 5 storm. President Lopez Obrador reported that communications were interrupted in the city, power lines were down affecting almost a million people, infrastructure is severely damaged and the roads to the port present important damages. Authorities report 27 deceased and 4 people missing. (Photo by Oscar Guerrero Ramirez/Getty Images)
At least 27 people were killed and four are still missing (Picture: Getty Images)
epa10941034 View of the facade of a building damaged by Hurricane Otis in the beach resort of Acapulco, in the state of Guerrero, Mexico, 26 October 2023. Mexico's government reported that at least 27 dead and four missing, after the passage of Hurricane Otis along the country's Pacific coast. EPA/David Guzman
Some 80% of hotels in the area are thought to have been damaged (Picture: EPA)
View of the damage caused after the passage of Hurricane Otis in Acapulco, Guerrero State, Mexico, taken on October 26, 2023. Hurricane Otis killed at least 27 people as it lashed Mexico's beach resort city of Acapulco as a scale-topping category 5 storm, officials said Thursday, in what residents called a
Weather experts are now working to establish why they did not foresee the storm (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)
Satellite imagery provided by GOES-18 satellite shows Hurricane Otis strengthening as it moves onshore near Acapulco, Mexico. Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere at Colorado State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (CSU/CIRA & NOAA)/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT.
Satellite imagery provided by GOES-18 shows Hurricane Otis strengthening to a Category 5 storm (Picture: Reuters)

The Mexican government said it deployed around 10,000 troops to help in the aftermath of the storm, but equipment to clear roads was slow to arrive.

Mexico’s president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Otis had toppled every power-line pole in the area where it hit.

He said an air bridge will be established to move in resources after commercial and military airports in the area are still too damaged to resume flights.

As mobile phone signals began to return to some parts of the city, locals created WhatsApp groups to try and find loved ones, resources and shelter.

It is feared it may take up to a year for Acapulco to recover, but others remained optimistic.

Marketing expert Antonio Esparza said: ‘This is going to improve Acapulco, because it will force the government to pay attention.’

Acapulco is at the foot of steep mountains and is surrounded by luxury homes and slums, with views of the Pacific Ocean.

Weather experts are now working to establish why they did not foresee the storm, after the hurricane was expected to weaken quickly before it hit the city.

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