The Foreign Office (FCDO) has advised against all but essential travel to Acapulco after Hurricane Otis devastated the Mexican beach town last week.
On Wednesday (October 25), Hurricane Otis battered Acapulco with gusts of up to 165 mph, flooding the city, tearing roofs from buildings, including hotels, and disrupting communications.
The death toll from the hurricane increased to 39 on Saturday (October 28), according to the Mexican authorities.
After authorities reopened the city’s airport, an air bridge between Acapulco and Mexico City was established to evacuate vacationers. Commercial flights are still grounded.
Hurricane Otis, which battered the country’s Pacific south coast on Wednesday, prompted the airport to close.
On Sunday (29 October), the FCDO updated its advice, warning: “The Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office now advises against all but essential travel to the city of Acapulco.
“Hurricane Otis caused significant damage to infrastructure in Acapulco and along Mexico’s southern coast between Zihuatenejo and Punta Maldonado, including hotels, transport, communications and health services.
“There have been reports of looting and robbery, given the scarce supplies of food, water and fuel.”
It added: “The National Guard have deployed to the region to help with disaster efforts. You should follow the advice of local authorities, including the National Guard. The Mexican civil protection secretariat offers local disaster advice, including hurricane shelter locations.”
The FCDO said the post-storm situation remained “dangerous” in Acapulco and the wider state of Guerrero.
“There may be further flooding and mudslides,” the FCDO added. “Be aware that historically more accidents occur post-storm than during it.”