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By The Associated Press
Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, 9:42 p.m.

VERACRUZ, Mexico — Tropical Storm Ingrid and the remnants of Tropical Storm Manuel drenched Mexico's Gulf and Pacific coasts with more torrential rain on Monday, flooding towns and cities, cutting off highways and setting off deadly landslides in a national emergency that federal authorities said killed 41.

The Mexican government said the country had not endured a similar weather crisis since 1958, when the country was simultaneously hit by two tropical storms on separate coasts.

The governor of the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz announced that 12 people died when a landslide smashed into a bus traveling through the town of Altotonga, about 40 miles northwest of the state capital. Gov. Javier Duarte said the death toll could grow as bodies were recovered.

More than 23,000 people fled their homes in the state because of what was Hurricane Ingrid, and 9,000 went to shelters. At least 20 highways and 12 bridges had been damaged, the state's civil protection authority said.

Some of the heaviest damage was in the southern coastal state of Guerrero, where Mexico reported 15 confirmed deaths from Manuel. State officials said people had been killed in landslides, drownings in a swollen river and a truck crash on a rain-slickened mountain highway.

Flooding closed the main highway from Mexico City to Acapulco, and power cuts shut the resort city's main airport, isolating many tourists over a long holiday weekend.

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