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Monday, 31 May 2010

Storm Agatha and Volcanic eruption hits Guatemala

(Reuters) - The remnants of Tropical Storm Agatha dumped more rain across Central America on Sunday after killing at least 96 people in the region, sparking fears of further mudslides in three countries.

Agatha, the first named storm of the 2010 Pacific hurricane season, slammed into the Guatemalan coast near the border with Mexico on Saturday. Storm Agatha swept in from the Pacific Ocean, bringing torrential rains that added to disruption caused by a volcano erupting in Guatemala.

At least 83 people died in Guatemala, President Alvaro Colom told a news conference on Sunday night.

"We have suffered many personal misfortunes ... but from now we enter a transition stage where we attend to the people in the shelters," Colom said.

More than 80,000 people, mostly in Guatemala, have fled their homes, according to official data.

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