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Tuesday, November 3, 1998 Published at 16:39 GMT

World: Americas

Photo essay: Visions of disaster

Hurricane Mitch, one of the strongest hurricanes in recorded history, has left a trail of devastation across Central America.

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The storm has caused havoc, destroying roads and bridges like this one on the Pan American Highway near Chinandega in Nicaragua.

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People have been evacuated from the worst affected areas such as the town of Las Mesitas in El Salvador.

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Flood victims are being treated in hospitals in Nicaragua and El Salvador.

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Roads across the region have been flooded.

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Some aid, such as clothes donated to the Red Cross in San Salvador, has started to arrive.

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