Mexico: Armed gangs 'steal food aid'

Soldiers unload disaster relief in Guerrero state
Image caption The military has mobilised to support aid delivery

Mexico's gangsters aren't limiting their trade to drugs, it seems, amid reports armed men stole food aid aimed for flood victims.

Supplies destined for some of the 100,000 people cut off by the overflowing of the Balsas River in the country's south were taken by 20 armed men wearing municipal police-style uniforms, reports La Policiaca website. They abducted 14 people in the process but people are too frightened to report the kidnappings, according to one soldier quoted in the report. It also quotes a government spokesman as saying one town mayor has been using his home as a secure warehouse for aid.

Communities across the Tierra Caliente region remain without communication after waters breached a dam. Some 20,000 people are in shelters in the surrounding state of Guerrero, which was among the worst hit by Tropical Storm Manuel. It arrived at the same time as Tropical Storm Ingrid, in the east, causing what President Enrique Pena Nieto called "practically... the most extensive in the history of the entire national territory".

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