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Rains claim four lives in Honduras

July 9, 2010

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Four people in Honduras died as a result of Monday’s heavy rains that slammed the central region of the country, Honduras’ civilian protection agency said.

 

The Permanent Emergency Commission confirmed, in a statement, the deaths of two people who had disappeared Monday while attempting to cross the Choluteca River in the area of Cofradía, in the central department of Francisco Morazán.

The commission identified the victims as José Martínez Zelaya, 22, and Felipe Escoto, whose age was not known.

The other two deaths were of high school student Christopher Gálvez, 15, who was buried by a mud slide during a downpour that ravaged Tegucigalpa, and José Efraín Zerón, 48, who drowned while attempting to cross a mountain stream in the higher altitudes of Francisco Morazán.

The committee has a precautionary, green alert on in all of the country’s 18 departments due to an intensification of the rains. The past few days of rain are the result of a number of tropical storms that are typical to this season.

 

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