Guatemala raises Tropical Storm Agatha’s death toll to 172; at least 205 killed in regionBy AP
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Guatemala raises tropical storm death toll to 172
GUATEMALA CITY — Guatemalan officials say the death toll from Tropical Storm Agatha has risen to 172.
National disaster agency spokesman David de Leon says 101 people are still missing in the country and 148 were injured.
The updated toll released Sunday means at least 205 people in Central America were killed by Agatha, whose heavy rains unleashed floods and mudslides last weekend.
Guatemala’s Ministry of Communications say the storm also washed out 24 bridges and damaged 19 more. Some 7,000 homes were destroyed.
Agatha also caused about $1 million in damage at the Mayan archaeological site Quirigua, 130 miles (208 kilometers) northeast of Guatemala City.
Officials estimate about $475 million in total damage nationwide.
Tags: Central America, Guatemala, Guatemala City, Latin America And Caribbean, Property Damage, Storms