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Torrential rains in Honduras kill 4 people

Three children and a woman died when their boat capsized in Honduras, raising to 21 the death toll from days of torrential rains that have driven thousands from their homes across Central America.

The boat was carrying 20 children and three adults when it sank Saturday in the choppy waters of the Choluteca River during an evacuation in the town of El Chapernal south of the capital, chief firefighter Wilfredo Hernandez said.

The victims were three children, ages 5 to 14, and a 23-year-old woman, he said.

Heavy rains have swept through Central America since the middle of the week, displacing thousands and prompting authorities to send the military to hard-hit areas.

Police evacuated some 10,000 people in western Nicaragua on Sunday as torrential rains caused rivers to overflow, and Guatemalan officials reported that 1,400 people were evacuated from townships near the Mexico border.

In Costa Rica, 14 people died Friday when a hillside collapsed in the town of La Fatima de Atenas northeast of the capital, according to the Red Cross.

The following day an 87-year-old man was killed trying to cross a river in northwest Costa Rica, and a woman died when a rock fell on her car in Acosta, near the capital.

In El Salvador, a 40-year-old man died after he was carried away by a river Friday.

Panamanian authorities said Sunday two people were missing and some 30 homes flooded.

Costa Rica's meteorological institute predicted the heavy rains would continue through at least Monday night.

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