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Acapulco suffers a one-two punch from tropical storms

Residents wait for help in Acapulco, Mexico on Sept. 17 as heavy rains hit the country. AFP - Getty Images
Men looks at a collapsed bridge over the Papagayos River near Lomas de Chapultepec, Mexico, Sept. 18. With roads blocked by landslides, floods and collapsed bridges, Acapulco was cut off from road transport after Tropical Storm Manuel made landfall on Sunday. Eduardo Verdugo / AP
A man wades through a flooded street in Acapulco, Mexico, Sept. 18 after tropical storms Ingrid and Manuel swarmed large swaths of the country. Ronaldo Schemidt / AFP - Getty Images
A man walks next to a flooded tarmac as planes are parked nearby at the airport in Acapulco, Mexico on Sept. 18. Tomas Bravo / Reuters
Residents receive food rations handed out by the military in Acapulco, Mexico on Sept. 18. Looting broke out in the flooded Mexican beach resort as the government struggled to reach tens of thousands of people cut off by some of the worst storm damage in decades. Tomas Bravo / Reuters
People wade through waist-high water in a store's parking, looking for valuables, south of Acapulco, in Punta Diamante, Mexico, Sept. 18. Eduardo Verdugo / AP
People wait as a helicopter lands on a collapsed road in Coyuca de Benitez, about 22 miles from Acapulco, Mexico Sept. 17. Reuters
A child lies with his dog at a shelter set up for people affected by Tropical Storm Manuel in the city of Acapulco, Mexico, Sept. 17. Bernandino Hernandez / AP

By Alberto Fajardo and Luis Enrique Martinez, Reuters

Looting broke out in the flooded Mexican beach resort of Acapulco as the government struggled to reach tens of thousands of people cut off by flooding that had claimed at least 80 lives by Wednesday. 

Stores were ransacked by looters who carried off everything from televisions to Christmas decorations after floodwaters wreaked havoc in the Pacific port that has experienced some of the worst storm damage to hit Mexico in years. 

Tens of thousands of people have been trapped in the aftermath of two tropical storms that hammered vast swaths of Mexico. More than 1 million people have been affected. Acapulco's airport terminal was under water, stranding tourists. Full story