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Huge flood losses in lives, economy and crops

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


The death toll from rains and mudslides across Central America has risen to at least 80, with El Salvador suffering the most fatalities at 32 and poor weather continuing.

International highways have been washed out, villages isolated and thousands of families have lost homes and crops in a region that the United Nations has classified as one of the most affected by climate change.

Hardest hit were El Salvador, with at least 32 dead after five days of intense rains unleashed by a stubbornly persistent tropical depression, and Guatemala, where 28 people were reported dead and two others were missing.

Original source: AFP