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Toll from storms surpasses 135

October 6, 2005

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— Heavy rains pounded Central America for a fourth day Wednesday, pushing rivers over their banks, flooding communities and unleashing at least two deadly mudslides as the region's death toll surpassed 135.

Hurricane Stan, which had helped spawn rainstorms in Central America, weakened to a depression over the southern state of Oaxaca on Wednesday, a day after making landfall along Mexico's Gulf coast. But punishing rains continued in parts of Central America and southern Mexico.

Flooding in scores of Guatemalan communities forced the evacuation of more than 6,000 residents. Nearly all of the country's rivers overflowed.

El Salvador and Nicaragua also suffered deaths and damage from the storms.

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