Heavy rains flood Central America

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Scores of people have been killed in floods and landslides throughout Central America triggered by days of persistent heavy rain.

El Salvador has been the worst hit so far. More than 24 people have died in less than a week.

Spurred by forecasts of more rain authorities have been evacuating residents from areas most at risk.

Local media reported at least nine people were buried in a landslide 40 kilometres east of the capital San Salvador.

The country’s president has declared a state of emergency and called on the international community for help.

Other countries in the region are being affected too.

Honduras has counted at least nine dead with warnings that the worst is yet to come. The rain is easing a little in Nicaragua, but in Guatemala officials estimate almost 120,000 people have been affected by the deluge, 23 of them dead.

There were more than 40 mudslides reported on roads to the south of the capital Guatemala City and at least 10 bridges have been damaged.

Forecasters warn the heavy rain could continue into Wednesday.