Hurricane Emily has slammed into the Caribbean coast of Mexico – knocking down trees, flooding streets and hitting power supplies. While some holiday resorts escaped largely unscathed, Playa del Carmen did take a battering. One group of Dutch visitors offered a helping hand by cleaning away water from the steps of their hotel.
“We all try, the most people from Holland try, to help the people from the hotel to clean everything,” said one of them.
Further north at Cancun, debris and damage to street signs showed that Emily had paid a visit.
The city is the main earner in Mexico’s crucial tourism industry.Its airport has now re-opened.
But, with their homes destroyed, many locals have paid a higher price than pleasure-seekers.
Howling winds and torrential rain have taken a heavy toll.
Incredibly, some were able to be philosophical.
“We are just going to re-build,” said one man.
“What else can we do. That is life. That is nature. What can you do?”
Hurricane Emily is now headed for northeastern Mexico and Texas.