The torrential rain triggered landslips and mudslides
At least 124 people have been killed in El Salvador by flooding and landslides following days of heavy rain, the government says.
President Mauricio Funes has declared a national emergency, describing the damage as "incalculable".
The capital San Salvador and central San Vicente province were hardest hit.
Mud and boulders buried homes and cars in the small town of Verapaz, where rescuers dug into the night - some with their bare hands - to find survivors.
The BBC's weather centre says the disastrous rains were mainly caused by a low pressure system in the Pacific, which was linked indirectly to Hurricane Ida, which passed the country three days ago.
Ida was downgraded to a tropical storm as it crossed the Gulf of Mexico on Monday.
Nonetheless, storm warnings remain in place along the Gulf Coast of the US, from Mississippi to Florida.
Soldiers joined residents of Verapaz, a town with a population of about 3,000 some 50km (30 miles) outside San Salvador, to dig through the mud with shovels under a persistent drizzle, the Associated Press reported.
The images that we have seen today are of a devastated country
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