79 Dead After Heavy Rains in Central America

Central American authorities say at least 79 people have died in seven days of heavy rains that caused landslides, floods and bridge failures throughout the region.

Authorities said Monday nine others are missing.

El Salvador’s director of civil protection, Jorge Melendez, says rain will continue at least until Wednesday due to the presence of two low pressure systems in the area.

He says the amount of rain water of the last seven days exceeds the cumulative records of hurricane Mitch, which devastated the region in 1998.

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

Source: The Associated Press

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