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A missing police helicopter working on the rescue of victims of the storms that have devastated Mexico has been found crashed, and all those aboard died.

The government continued to search for victims and assess the damage from storms Manuel and Ingrid.

But in Mexico City, criticism mounted that the government had made natural disasters worse because of poor planning, lack of a prevention strategy and corruption.

"Governments aren't responsible for the occurrence of severe weather, but they are for the prevention of the effects," said the non-profit Centre of Investigation for Development, (CIDAC) criticising a programme to improve infrastructure and relocate communities out of dangerous flood zones. "The National Water Programme had good intentions but its execution was at best poor."

President Enrique Pena Nieto and Guerrero Governor Angel Aguirre flew to the remote mountain coffee-growing area north-west of Acapulco near La Pintada, the scene of the single greatest tragedy wreaked by the two storms.

Ingrid and Manuel simultaneously pounded both of Mexico's coasts last weekend, killing at least 101 people, not including the helicopter crash victims.

Another 68 people remained missing in La Pintada, where soldiers continued digging after a landslide wiped out half of the town.

"There is little hope now that we can find anyone alive," Mr Pena Nieto said after the visit, adding that the landslide covered at least 40 houses.

In a meeting with hotel owners in Acapulco, he told the resort city that the reconstruction phase has begun.

He pledged the government will help address the hoteliers' concerns, including about the main thoroughfare from Mexico City, the Highway of the Sun, which was closed by landslides and damage in the storm, cutting off access for days.

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