Floods kill several people in Honduras and Nicaragua

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TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- Heavy rains have hit Central America, killing up to five people and causing widespread damage in Honduras and Nicaragua, officials and news reports said Thursday.

The rains flooded houses and fields, damaged roads, knocked down walls and trees, and made rivers overflow their banks.

Three people drowned in rivers in northern and central Honduras, disaster relief coordinator COPECO said.

Roughly 370 people were evacuated in the north, where the government declared a red alert in the departments of Islas de la Bahia, Cortes, Atlantida and Colon.

President Juan Orlando Hernandez visited the northern coast late Wednesday, pledging assistance to victims.

In Nicaragua, a 15-year-old boy died after being swept away by a river in Yali in the northern province of Jinotega, unconfirmed media reports said. A man was also reported to be missing in Paiwas in the center of the country.

About 15,000 people were left without electricity in the north of the country.

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