Storm kills more than 100 in Central America

May 31, 2010 by Post Team 

Storm kills more than 100 in Central AmericaStorm kills more than 100 in Central America:GUATEMALA CITY : The first tropical storm of the season has left more than 100 people dead across Central America, triggering flash floods and mudslides that swept away homes and destroyed roads, officials said.

Tropical Storm Agatha also forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes as it whipped heavy rains across Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico.

“The storm has caused 82 deaths,” Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom told reporters. Among the dead were four children in a house that was swept away in a landslide, officials said.

In neighbouring El Salvador, floods and landslides accounted for nine deaths, authorities there said.

And in Honduras, emergency management officials reported at least eight storm-related deaths as Agatha lashed the country, forcing the government to put five of the territory’s 18 departments under a state of emergency. As many as 2,289 people were forced in that country to leave their homes.

Agatha slammed into Guatemala overnight with 65-kilometer (40-mile) per hour winds and was soon downgraded to a tropical depression as it dissipated over higher ground, but the damage caused by heavy rains and high winds prompted the government in El Salvador to declare a state of emergency.

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