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10/14/2007

Mudslide kills 14 in Costa Rica

Costa Rica & Panama C.A.
Flooding from days of heavy rain left 14 people dead in a mudslide in Costa Rica and sowed chaos in neighbouring Panama, displacing scores of people. The mudslide struck poor homes in Atenas, west of the Costa Rican capital on Thursday in a torrential downpour. Rescuers later found 14 bodies as they picked through the mud, timber and rubble. The mudslide engulfed a complex housing the families of poor farm workers. It was the WORST WEATHER DISASTER FOR YEARS in the Central American country. Parrita on the western Pacific coast was also flooded when rain-swollen rivers burst their banks. To the south-east in central Panama, heavy rain since Friday left two people missing and more than 100 displaced in remote areas. Even worse flooding struck across the Caribbean Sea on the island of Haiti.

Torrential Rains
HAITI - At least 45 people have died in the poverty-stricken island of Haiti as homes were swept away in floods triggered by heavy rain. More than 6000 people have had to leave their flooded homes in Cabaret, where neighbourhoods have been completely submerged. Thousands of families are displaced and hundreds of homes destroyed or damaged across the country. Roads are swamped and plantations wiped out. Farming has been particularly affected and numerous crops have been destroyed after more than a week of rain.
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