Brit among 58 missing after Hurricane Otis battered Mexico resort with 165mph winds as 46 confirmed dead

Brit among 58 missing after Hurricane Otis battered Mexico resort with 165mph winds as 46 confirmed dead

A BRITISH national is among the 58 still missing after Hurricane Otis pounded the famous Mexican coastal resort of Acapulco.

It comes as earlier this week authorities announced a Brit had been killed during the “nightmare” storm that whipped up 165mph winds.

The deadly hurricane slammed into the resort city last week

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Three three foreign nationals have died since Otis made landfall on October 25, including the Brit as well as a Canadian and American.

Guerrero state governor Evelyn Salgado has now revealed another Brit is still missing.

The other foreigners unaccounted for are 11 Americans, five French nationals and a Peruvian.

Category 5 Hurricane Otis, the strongest on record for a landfalling Eastern Pacific tropical cyclone, claimed most of its victims in Acapulco.

Although, a number of other people are known to have died in the nearby municipality of Coyuca de Benitez.

The latest figures released by regional authorities puts the death toll at 46 and the number of people who are still missing at 58.

Hurricane Otis touched land just west of Acapulco on October 24, damaging many of the buildings in the city with landslides and flooding resulting from heavy rain.

In the aftermath the city was left with no drinking water and many residents also lost power.

The army was mobilised to help survivors and assist in recovery efforts.

Residents in outlying areas of Acapulco, including some in the neighbourhood of San Isidro in the neighbouring resort town of Pie de la Cuesta, have complained in recent hours that they are still without water and electricity and are low on food.

Acapulco is one of Mexico’s oldest beach resorts and attracted Hollywood stars including Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra and Brigitte Bardot in the 1950s.

Ten Hollywood actors, led by John Wayne and former Tarzan Johnny Weissmuller bought a hotel in the resort and helped turned it into one of the most fashionable of its era.

Packed crowds have gathered on its cliff tops since the 1930s to watch professional divers plunge 130ft into the shallow waters of the Pacific.

Its reputation has been tarnished in recent years by the rival drugs cartels that have turned part of the city into no-go areas.
British tourists now favour destinations like Cancun and the nearby Riviera Maya coastline.

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