ACAPULCO, Mexico — With a low, rumbling roar, an arc of dirt, rock and mud tumbled down the hillside in the remote mountain village of La Pintada, burying half the hamlet and leaving 68 people missing.
It was the biggest known tragedy caused by two weekend storms that struck Mexico, creating floods and landslides across the nation and killing at least 97 people as of Thursday — not counting those missing in La Pintada.
Interior Minister Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said soldiers recovered two bodies and continued to dig through the mud. He said the work has been difficult because water is still running down hills in the area and there is risk of more landslides.
All of the nearly 400 surviving members of the village remember where they were when the deadly wave struck Monday, Mexico's Independence Day.
Nancy Gomez, 21, said Thursday she heard a strange sound and went to look out the door of her family's house, her 1-year-old baby clutched in her arms. She saw the ground move, then felt a jolt from behind as her father tried to push her to safety.
She never saw him again. He's among 68 missing in the slide or a second one that fell and buried victims and would-be rescuers.