At least 27 people have been killed and four others were missing after the powerful Hurricane Otis slammed into Mexico's Pacific coast, officials have said.Update October 29
Otis hit the beach resort city of Acapulco as a category 5 storm early on Wednesday and tore through the southern state of Guerrero, largely cutting off communications and road links with the region.
Photos of Acapulco show roads full of mud and debris and buildings that sustained heavy damage. More than 500 emergency shelters were opened for residents.
Thousands of Mexican military members have been sent to assist with clean-up operations.
"Unfortunately, we received word from the state and city governments that 27 people are dead and four are missing," Secretary of State for Security Rosa Icela told reporters on Thursday.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that the deaths occurred around Acapulco, but provided few details. He acknowledged that the government was late in arriving because of the havoc Otis left behind.
Lopez Obrador, who made it into Acapulco late Wednesday, said the destruction was so complete in the impact zone that not a single power line pole remained standing.
"What Acapulco suffered was really disastrous," Lopez Obrador said.
At least 48 people died when Category 5 Hurricane Otis slammed into Mexico's southern Pacific Coast, most of them in Acapulco, Mexican authorities said Sunday as the death toll continued to climb and families buried loved ones.
Mexico's civil defense agency said in a statement that 43 of the dead were in the resort city of Acapulco and five in nearby Coyuca de Benitez. Guerrero state's governor had earlier raised the number of missing to 36 from 10 a day earlier. The death toll increased after authorities had raised it to 39 on Saturday.
In Acapulco, families held funerals on Sunday and continued the search for essentials while government workers and volunteers cleared streets clogged with muck and debris from the powerful storm.