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El Salvador flood toll rises to 144

The toll in floods and mudslides caused by Hurricane Ida in El Salvador has risen to 144, officials said.

world Updated: Nov 11, 2009 08:47 IST
EFE

The toll in floods and mudslides caused by Hurricane Ida in El Salvador has risen to 144, officials said.

Thousands of people have been displaced after the storm hit the country last weekend.

Emergency officials said on Tuesday 144 people have been killed in the deluge and 13,000 affected people have been shifted to temporary relief shelters.

Heavy rains continued in five of El Salvador's 14 provinces days after the devastating storm.

More than 20 homes were destroyed, 24 bridges and 1,600 houses were damaged, while the town of San Vicente, 48 km east of San Salvador, was buried in mud and stones after a landslide.

The government on Monday declared a state of emergency to expedite relief and rescue operations.