Death toll in Honduras rises to 23 after days of flooding, landslides

Other News Materials 23 October 2008 09:15 (UTC +04:00)

Flooding and mudslides fueled by heavy rains have claimed at least 23 lives in Honduras since last week. Eight other people are missing, the Associated Press reported.

Emergency services official Randolfo Funez says rain has destroyed about 24,000 houses and damaged 79,000 acres ( 32,000 hectares) planted with grains and coffee. More than 19,000 people have been evacuated from their homes.

More rain is expected in eastern Honduras in coming days.

Raging rivers and landslides have destroyed dozens of bridges and damaged more than 150 highways across the country.

President Manuel Zelaya has declared a national state of emergency and asked for international aid.