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Thursday, 7 September, 2000, 16:06 GMT 17:06 UK
Flood emergency in El Salvador
Flooded home in La Herradura, El Salvador
Homes have been hit throughout the country
The authorities in El Salvador have declared a state of national emergency after five days of torrential rain which caused two deaths and left hundreds homeless.

There is flooding in the central and eastern parts of the country, where several rivers have burst their banks.

Salvadorean officials said two people died when their houses collapsed, and at least 400 have been forced to flee their homes.

Viejo River inhabitants
Inhabitants close to the the Viejo River which has burst its banks
The weather office has forecast more rain during the next two days.

One of the victims was a five-year-old boy killed by a falling retaining wall in the central province of La Libertad.

The boy's grandfather was injured while trying to rescue him.

In another incident, an 82-year-old man was killed by a collapsing wall in Ananoa, just outside San Salvador.

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