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“Dozens Dead As Eta Wreaks Waterlogged Havoc On Central America”

“TEGUCIGALPA/GUATEMALA CITY – The remnants of Hurricane Eta unleashed torrential rains and catastrophic flooding on Central America, with fatalities sharply up on Thursday mostly because of mudslides as streets turned into rivers and bridges came tumbling down.

More than 70 people were reported killed across the region of mostly poor countries wedged between Mexico and Colombia, and at least hundreds were stranded on rooftops or cut off by floods.

In Guatemala, the death toll shot up past 50 over the course of Thursday, according to President Alejandro Giammattei, who said mudslides around a couple small towns swallowed about a couple dozen homes.”

Gustavo Palencia and Sofia Menchu report for Reuters November 5, 2020.