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Heavy Rains Hits Costa Rica

October 24, 1998

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) _ Heavy rain generated by a tropical storm led Friday to mudslides and swollen, fast-flowing rivers. At least one death was blamed on the storm.

A river swept away a home near Ciudad Cortes, 175 miles southeast of San Jose, the capital, said Sigurd Koberg, head of Costa Rica’s emergency commission. One person inside died and five were missing.

Floods and mudslides closed roads in parts of southern Costa Rica and forced the evacuation of 6,000 people.

More rain was expected Saturday in southern and central Costa Rica.

In Honduras, where earlier storms killed 12 people during the past two weeks, authorities were warning residents to take precautions against the possible arrival of Tropical Storm Mitch.

In Nicaragua, storms nearer the Pacific coast knocked down trees and utility poles, leaving hundreds of people without electricity or telephone service.

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