Guatemala raises tropical storm death toll to 172
A total of 172 people have been killed in the floods caused by Tropical Storm Agatha that struck Guatemala over the weekend, according to figures released by the Guatemalan government, Xinhua reported.
Meanwhile, 101 people are missing, Guatemala's national disaster agency spokesperson David de Leon was quoted by Mexican media as saying on Sunday.
Throughout Central America, at least 205 people have been killed by Agatha, including those killed in Guatemala.
A total of 124,835 Guatemalans have been evacuated from disaster zones and 64,383 others were sent to emergency shelters, according to Guatemalan National Disaster Reduction Coordination (Conared).
Conared officials also said that there were 42,286 people made homeless and 87 injured by Agatha, the first named storm of this Pacific hurricane season.
The country's communications ministry added that the storm has washed out 24 bridges and damaged 19 other bridges in the country.
The Guatemalan government estimated that total damage will be some 500 million Quetzales (about 63 millon U.S. dollars).
Guatemala has so far received pledges of aid from Mexico, the United States, the European Union, Colombia and Venezuela.