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Stan deluges Central America

At least 82 people were killed in Central America when Hurricane Stan made landfall Tuesday.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | October 4, 2005

At least 82 people were killed in Central America when Hurricane Stan affected El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Honduras before making landfall on Mexico’s coast on Tuesday.

Heavy rains spawned off the storm struck the vulnerable region over the weekend. El Salvador reported 49 deaths, and government reports there indicate more than 16,700 Salvadorans had evacuated.

Guatemala reported at least 19 people dead. Flooding and landslides in dozens of communities forced some 6,000 people to evacuate. Nine people died in Nicaragua, four in Honduras and one in Costa Rica.

Although Stan crossed the Yucatan Peninsula, no major damage was reported there.

The storm then came ashore in Mexico 85 miles southeast of Veracruz as a Category 1 hurricane. Veracruz city government reports indicated hundreds of people were evacuated in Veracruz because rivers were overflowing into residential areas.

Stan weakened to a tropical storm as it headed across the mountains into Puebla and Oaxaca, but still threatened to dump as much as a foot of rain.

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