UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday offered condolences and assistance to Mexico over its loss of human life and property after two tropical storms killed nearly 100 people and affected 1.2 million others in the country.
"The secretary-general extends his sincere condolences to the Mexican government and people, particularly the families of those who have been killed," Ban's spokesperson said in a statement. "He extends his solidarity to all those affected in this disaster."
The two tropical storms, Ingrid and Manuel, bore down on Mexico from the Pacific and the Atlantic, causing high levels of flooding and landslide. This is the first time since 1958 that two storms have hit the opposite coasts of the country within 24 hours.
As to Thursday, the death toll from the two devastating storms climbed to 97, and at least 58 people were still missing after a landslide flattened a village in southwest Mexico. Meanwhile, about 40,000 tourists were stranded in Acapulco, a resort city in southwest Mexico, and nearly 50,000 people were forced to be evacuated from their homes.
A state of emergency has been declared in hundreds of municipalities, as further severe storms are expected, according to the statement.
In response, "the United Nations stands ready to lend its assistance to efforts to respond to humanitarian needs resulting from the disaster and to mobilize any international support needed, " the statement said.