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Stan leaves behind chaos in Guatemala

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Stan leaves behind chaos in Guatemala

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Hurricane Stan may have moved on from Guatemala, but its effects are still being felt. It is feared up to 1,400 people died when the storm triggered a mudslide, which swept through a village in the central American country. It is unclear how many, if any, of the Maya Indians who lived there survived.

Stan had been a low-strength hurricane but the amount of rain it dumped on the region had a devastating effect. The extreme weather claimed more than 200 lives in Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador. Central America is particularly vulnerable to heavy rains because so many people live in precarious mountainside communities. Hurricane Mitch killed some 10,000 people in the region, mostly in mudslides, in 1998.