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Central American Heavy rains Leave 66 dead

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Police and rescue volunteers search for victims of a mudslide in El Salvador on Sunday October 16, 2011.

Six-day-long torrential rains that have swept Central America and caused great flooding across the region have killed at least 66 people.

El Salvador is so far the worst-affected country, having witnessed as many as 27 deaths.

The country’s director of civil protection, Jorge Melendez, said during a press conference that most of the victims had been buried at their own homes, the Associated Press reported on Sunday.

He also said that El Salvador was preparing for ‘major disasters.’

The tropical storm has, meanwhile, forced Guatemala to declare a state of calamity for 30 days.

Guatemalan officials said that 28 people had so far been killed, while two others were missing. Nicaragua has reported seven deaths.

Officials in Honduras said that nine people had died and 2,500 homes and 29 roads damaged. “The worst is yet to come,” said Rodolfo Funez, deputy director of Honduras’ emergency commission.

Thousands of people across the region have been forced to abandon their homes and authorities have called for further evacuations as the downpour was expected to continue.


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