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Honduran Rains Prompt State of Emergency

Heavy rains leave 13 dead in Honduras

Raging rivers have destroyed more than 60 bridges

 

The Associated Press, Oct. 21, 2008

 

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - At least 13 people are dead and six are missing in Honduras after heavy rains caused flooding and landslides.

 

Emergency services spokeswoman Ana Maria Rivera said most of the country has been affected in some way by the stormy weather.

 

Nearly 12,000 people have been evacuated from their homes and more than 9,000 people are living in shelters. Raging rivers have destroyed 62 bridges, while dozens of highways have been damaged, some by landslides.

 

President Manuel Zelaya has declared a national state of emergency and asked for international aid.

 

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