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Tropical storm Nate strikes Central America, 20 killed

By Team Pardaphash 
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A tropical storm Nate today hit the north along Central America and took life of minimum of 20 people in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras.

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There has be prediction by the forecasters that it could strengthen into a hurricane as it heads for Mexico and the United States. The state of Louisiana and the city of New Orleans are preparing for a weekend impact from the storm, which could be the third hurricane to hit the southern US in less than two months.

Costa Rica declared a national emergency, closing schools and government offices. It and neighbouring Nicaragua struggled with mudslides, washed out roads, overflowing rivers and cut-off communities.

Nicaragua’s vice president, Rosario Murillo, sharply revised upwards a previous toll to say 11 people had died in her country. Seven more were missing, she said.

Officials in Costa Rica said at least six people died there: four Costa Ricans — including a three-year-old girl — hit by falling trees and mudslides, and two young Nicaraguan farm workers. At least another 15 people were missing, including the crew of two swamped fishing.

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