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Torrential rains kill at least 19 in Central America
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12:40, October 15, 2007

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At least 19 people have been killed, two others are missing and more than 8,600 have been evacuated due to strong rainfall that began Thursday in Central America, according to news Sunday.

Costa Rican authorities confirmed Sunday that 14 bodies were recovered after a landslide Thursday that buried seven homes in the Atenas region, east of the nation's capital San Jose.

Rains damaged 800 homes and triggered the evacuation of 290 people in the country.

In Honduras, three children and an adult drowned Saturday when the boat in which they were traveling capsized, the Permanent Risks Commission reported.

The boat belonged to fire brigade staff who were evacuating families in the Las Tijeras and El Carrizo regions of Cholutece province on the Nicaragua border.

In El Salvador, one man died after being washed away by a river and 659 people were evacuated. Authorities said, however, that the torrential rains were receding.

In Panama, two people were missing and 128 people and 32 homes were affected, according to civil authorities.

In Nicaragua, more than 6,000 people were displaced by rains that have hit 10 of the nation's 17 provinces.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega held a cabinet meeting Saturday night which was also attended by police and representatives from Chinandege, the worst hit region, to discuss relief efforts.

In Guatemala, the rains have started to ease after four intense days. Some 1,500 people have been evacuated due to rising rivers, but no deaths have been reported.


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