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Death Toll From Severe Weather in Latin America Tops 275

The death toll from heavy rains and mudslides in Central America and Mexico has climbed to 275 as the region copes with the aftermath of Hurricane Stan.

The storm weakened after hitting southern Mexico Tuesday, but forecasters predict more rain in the region in coming days. Mexican President Vicente Fox traveled to the remote city of Tapachula Friday to assess storm damage and announced that the Mexican navy had rescued 44 Guatemalans trapped just across the border from Mexico.

Neighboring Guatemala has borne the brunt of the bad weather, with at least 176 deaths reported there. Rescuers have pulled dozens of bodies from a mudslide about 100 kilometers west of Guatemala City.

Across the region, survivors say food and water are running out. Many residents also say they do not know the fate of missing loved ones.

Meanwhile, El Salvador is coping with 67 storm-related deaths and a magnitude 5.8 earthquake that Guatemalans also felt. It was not immediately known if there were injuries or damage from the quake, which was centered in the Pacific Ocean.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.