Germany pledges to help tropical storm victims

6th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

6 October 2005, MEXICO CITY - More than 100 people are dead in Mexico and Central America after a tropical storm brought torrential rain and mudslides that washed away houses, wiped out roads and forced tens of thousands to flee their homes, officials said.

6 October 2005

MEXICO CITY - More than 100 people are dead in Mexico and Central America after a tropical storm brought torrential rain and mudslides that washed away houses, wiped out roads and forced tens of thousands to flee their homes, officials said.

Donor countries began pledging aid for El Salvador, where the number of deaths blamed on Hurricane Stan rose Wednesday to 50. In Guatemala, authorities said more than 50 people died and that they expect the number to rise. Mexico put its death toll at 10.

The hurricane, now slowed to a tropical depression, hit the eastern Mexican coast Tuesday. Mudslides struck thousands of houses in the southern state of Chiapas and a 300-kilometre stretch of coastal road was washed out, leaving 26 cities and towns cut off or hard to reach, Mexican media reported.

Some 80,000 people in Mexico were moved to emergency shelters, and President Vicente Fox said during a visit to Chiapas that the main concern was to save lives.

El Salvador - already suffering from a volcano outbreak - was hit especially hard, prompting President Antonio Saca to appeal for international aid.

Germany responded Wednesday by pledging an initial USD 240,000 (EUR 198,000). The United States offered USD 50,000 (EUR 41,000) and plastic sheeting for use in building emergency shelters for about 1,500 people, the U.S. embassy in El Salvador said.

Parts of Mexico also were heavily affected, such as the state of Veracruz, where Stan made landfall. Governor Fidel Herrera said 38,000 people had to be evacuated, and damage to trees and roads were widely reported.

In the United States, tropical storm Tammy dumped heavy rain Wednesday on an area from northern Florida to South Carolina.

DPA

Subject: German news

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