Floods ravage Central America and Mexico

The official death toll from massive floods ravaging Central America and Mexico surged to 763 late on Sunday as hundreds more were feared dead in Guatemala following last week’s mudslide that swallowed two small towns in the west of the country.

Hugo Hernandez, secretary of the Guatemalan National Disaster Relief Committee, said the number of dead in his country had risen from 519 to 652 as emergency workers made their way to about 100 remote communities previously cut off but the disaster.

In addition, 72 people were listed dead in El Salvador, 28 in Mexico and 11 in Nicaragua.