Tropical Storm Agatha Kills 83 in Central America

Tropical Storm Agatha Kills 83 in Central America
# 31 May 2010 07:54 (UTC +04:00)
Baku - APA. Central American authorities say at least 83 people have been killed in flooding and landslides associated with the region’s first tropical storm of the year, APA reports. Guatemala’s disaster relief spokesman says 73 people have been killed as a result of torrential rains brought by Agatha, which slammed into the region as a tropical storm before dissipating. Salvadoran President Maruricio Funes says nine people are dead in his country, and Honduras has reported one fatality. Agatha was dissipating Sunday over the mountains of western Guatemala a day after it made landfall near the nation’s border with Mexico with winds up to 45 mph. Torrential rains from Tropical Storm Agatha brought deadly flooding and mudslides in Guatemala and Honduras. Agatha formed as a tropical storm early Saturday in the East Pacific and moved over land in the evening along the Guatemala-Mexico border, said the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. The storm is no longer even a tropical depression, but forecasters say it could still dump as much as 20 inches of rain over southeastern Mexico, Guatemala and parts of El Salvador. Before the rains, Guatemala already was contending with heavy eruptions from its Pacaya volcano that have blanketed the capital in ash and destroyed 800 homes. Officials expressed concerns that Agatha’s rains could exacerbate the damages.
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