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PHOTOS: B.C. resident shares images of devastation in Cabo after Tropical Storm Lidia

British Columbians return from Mexican vacation nightmare
A dream vacation to Cabo San Lucas turned into a nightmare for some British Columbians as tropical storm Lidia battered the west coast of Mexico. Aaron McArthur reports.

Some B.C. residents who were vacationing in Cabo San Lucas when Tropical Storm Lidia hit last week say the storm left devastation in its wake.

Jalia Kanji was staying at the Riu Palace last week with her boyfriend and a number of coworkers.

They arrived last Monday and the storm hit the region on Wednesday.

Kanji said after the storm hit, the resort had no water, fresh food or electricity.

She told Global News they had to stand in line for about five hours just to get a bagged lunch, which consisted of a piece of bread with lettuce on it.

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Kanji said all of their belongings were damaged because the roof started leaking dry wall onto their items. The floors were covered in mud and and the lobby and the first floor flooded.

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She also told Global News there were snakes everywhere following the flooding and some visitors couldn’t get back to their rooms to retrieve their belongings.

The group finally made it out one day earlier than scheduled but they had to wait hours at the airport to get a flight out.

She said Sunwing has told them the company will not be reimbursing them for the trip because the storm was an act of God.

In an emailed statement, Sunwing told Global News two of their flights from Los Cabos were impacted by the storm.

Although local conditions are now improving, we took the decision to coordinate a rescue flight early yesterday morning, September 3rd, to ensure the safety and comfort of our affected Vancouver passengers, which meant that they left one day earlier than scheduled.

We have been in regular contact with our destination team throughout who assisted our customers and advised them of their new travel arrangements. The majority of customers chose to return yesterday. Any remaining passengers returned today on the original scheduled service that did operate as normal. While natural weather events such as this one are beyond are control, we appreciate that they can have a negative impact on our customers’ vacations and will be evaluating what compensation can be offered as a goodwill gesture.

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The storm did turn deadly and killed at least seven people, including two children. The victims were either electrocuted or drowned while trying to cross streams, according to a report from the prosecutor’s office in the state of Baja California Sur.

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The storm also caused the evacuation of at least 1,400 people who spent Thursday night in shelters until the worst was past.

-With files from Reuters