Flooding kills 7, displaces 2,000 in Nicaragua

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MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- Flooding sparked by heavy rains has left seven people dead in Nicaragua this week, the government said Friday.

Three people were also reported to be missing, while about 2,000 people were evacuated in the west and center of the Central American country.

More than 430 schools remained closed, while 12,517 families had no electricity, Vice President Rosario Murillo said in comments quoted by the website El 19.

Rains also have hit neighboring Honduras, where three people drowned.

The region is now bracing for the arrival of Tropical Storm Selma over the weekend.

The Nicaraguan government was on high alert and would evacuate more people if necessary, Murillo said.

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