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Rains Leave At Least 105 People Dead in Central America

105 dead in Central America after days of rain

The Associated Press, Oct. 20, 2011

At least 105 people have died in flooding and landslides provoked by 10 days of heavy rains in Central America, authorities said Thursday.

More than a million people have been affected in the region, prompting officials to ask for humanitarian aid and urge those unaffected to show solidarity.

Almost 60 inches (152 centimeters) of rain have accumulated in the past 10 days. The cumulative record of Hurricane Mitch, which devastated the region in 1998, killing 11,000 people, was 34 inches (86 centimeters), said Salvadoran Natural Resources Minister German Rosa Chavez.

Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes urged the international community to send humanitarian aid, saying in a televised message to the nation Wednesday night, "El Salvador is going through one of the most dramatic disasters in its history."

In Honduras, President Porfirio Lobo urged his countrymen to help their fellow citizens.

"This is a new call for solidarity," Lobo said.

Guatemala has reported 38 deaths; El Salvador, 34; Honduras, 15; Nicaragua 13 and Costa Rica, 5.

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Heavy rains kill at least 84 in Central America



The Associated Press, Oct. 17, 2011

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Heavy rains across Central America have caused landslides, floods and bridge collapses that have left at least 84 people dead over the past week, authorities said Monday. Nine others are missing.

El Salvador's director of civil protection, Jorge Melendez, said the rain will continue until at least Wednesday because of the presence of two low pressure systems in the area.

The amount of rain over the last seven days exceeds the cumulative record of Hurricane Mitch, which devastated the region in 1998, killing 11,000 people, Melendez said.

El Salvador and Nicaragua leaders declared natural disasters on Monday.

Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom reached out to congress to speed budget decisions to funnel money for the affected.
In El Salvador, 32 people have been killed because of the rains, while Guatemala added 31 fatalities. Another 13 people were killed in Honduras, and Nicaragua's First Lady and spokesman Rosario Murillo said eight have died in Nicaragua.

The rains have affected about 250,000 people. Thousands of them were staying in shelters.

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