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19 Oct 1997 description

(12:50pm AEST)

Mexico's President Ernesto Zedillo says that people may soon begin starving to death in *Oaxaca state on the Pacific coast which was badly hit by Hurricane Pauline.

He says the government is working on an emergency footing to get food into remote mountain communities which had been cut off by the storm, but that the risk remains.

13 Oct 1997 description

(12:03pm AEST)

Survivors of Hurricane Pauline on Mexico's Pacific coast are facing shortages of
food and water and rapidly inflating prices.

Pauline hit last Thursday killing at least two-hundred people and destroying houses
and farmlands along the coast before slamming into the city of Acapulco.

A consumer protection official in the city says shopkeepers are charging 1,000
percent more than usual for water, 500 percent more for tortillas, and 200 percent