Scores Die in El Salvador Floods

World | November 9, 2009, Monday // 09:08|  views

A view of a street after heavy rains set off mudslides and sent rivers over their banks in the Central American country in Verapaz, El Salvador. Strong rains have affected the region during the weekend, killing more than 120 people. Photo by EPA/BGNES

At least 124 people have been killed in El Salvador by flooding and landslides following days of

heavy rain, the government says.

President Mauricio Funes has declared a national emergency, describing the damages as "incalculable".

The capital San Salvador and central San Vicente province were the hardest-hit regions, officials say.

Local reporter Juan Carlos Barahona told the BBC that San Vicente is virtually cut off by landslides and collapsed bridges.

Interior Minister Humberto Centeno said 60 people were still missing, and about 7,000 more were in shelters.

In the town of San Vicente rescue workers pulled bodies from the wreckage of houses.

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