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105 dead in Central America after days of rain

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- At least 105 people have died in flooding and landslides provoked by 10 days of heavy rains in Central America, authorities said Thursday.

More than a million people have been affected in the region, prompting officials to ask for humanitarian aid and urge those unaffected to show solidarity.

Almost 60 inches (152 centimeters) of rain have accumulated in the past 10 days. The cumulative record of Hurricane Mitch, which devastated the region in 1998, killing 11,000 people, was 34 inches (86 centimeters), said Salvadoran Natural Resources Minister German Rosa Chavez.

Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes urged the international community to send humanitarian aid, saying in a televised message to the nation Wednesday night, "El Salvador is going through one of the most dramatic disasters in its history."

In Honduras, President Porfirio Lobo urged his countrymen to help their fellow citizens.

"This is a new call for solidarity," Lobo said.

Guatemala has reported 38 deaths; El Salvador, 34; Honduras, 15; Nicaragua 13 and Costa Rica, 5.

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