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Floods, Landslides in Central America, Mexico Kill 600


Floods and landslides in the wake of Hurricane Stan have killed at least 617 people throughout Central America and Mexico.

More than 500 people were killed in Guatemala, which sustained the worst blow from last week's storm. At least 1,400 other people are missing and presumed dead in the Guatemalan village of Panabaj. The Mayan Indian village was buried in a mudslide triggered by Stan's torrential rains.

Rescue workers are digging through tons of mud and rock searching for victims, but the town may eventually be declared a mass burial site.

The remainder of the dead are scattered throughout El Salvador, Nicaragua and Mexico. Entire families are either dead or missing in some communities.

The disaster has left thousands of people homeless. Rescue crews have been unable to reach some isolated communities because many bridges and roads were washed out in the storm.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.