Residents of Mexico’s Los Cabos resort armed themselves with guns and machetes in hurricane-battered neighborhoods to defend their homes from looters, as troops were deployed.

The government sent extra federal police and soldiers to the Baja California peninsula to counter widespread looting that erupted after Hurricane Odile tore down homes earlier this week.

Officials also confirmed the first two deaths from the storm, a 62-year-old South Korean mining executive missing since his car was swept away by floods and a German who died of a heart attack in a boat. A second South Korean remains missing.

The US embassy urged its citizens still trapped in Los Cabos to rush to the local airport “during daylight hours” to catch an airlift organized to rescue thousands of stranded tourists.

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