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Hurricane Stan Pounds Latin America, At Least 223 Dead

At least 223 people in Latin America have been killed in several days of severe weather triggered by Hurricane Stan.

The region has been pounded with heavy rains, mudslides and flooding from the storm, which came ashore Tuesday on Mexico's eastern Gulf Coast.

Rescuers in Guatemala Thursday pulled 40 bodies from a mudslide about 100 kilometers west of Guatemala City.

Dozens of other people were killed elsewhere in Central America and Mexico after the storm ripped through the region, triggering the floods and mudslides and knocking down power lines and ripping apart houses.

Tens of thousands of people fled their homes, and many remain homeless.

The United Nations says it is rushing assistance to El Salvador and Costa Rica, and remains ready to mobilize international support for emergency relief and recovery efforts.