Most of the victims were in El Salvador, where heavy rains killed 15 people and left seven others missing.

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best news- Tropical storm Amanda has killed at least 20 people in Central America, most of them due to floods and landslides in El Salvador.

Officials in El Salvador say torrential rains and strong winds have destroyed hundreds of homes and damaged roads, forcing nearly 7,000 people to seek refuge in 154 shelters.

El Salvador's interior minister, Mario Duran, told reporters on Monday that 15 people had been killed and seven were missing. The Home Minister also said that rescue efforts are underway.

Carolina Rechinos, a senior aide to President Naib Buccaneer, said the storm had dropped "about 10 percent" of the country's annual rainfall in a relatively short period of time.

On Sunday, car officials there said the storm had destroyed at least 900 homes.

"We never felt it," Maria Torres, whose home was damaged, told The Associated Press. The rain was so heavy that all of a sudden, water entered the house and we just saw how they fell.

The population of that country is about 6.6 million The storm came as of countries were being swept away by the effects of the coronavirus epidemic. To date, there have been 2,582 infections in El Salvador and confirmed 46 deaths.

"We are experiencing an unprecedented situation, with the top state of emergency, on top of another serious one," said Ernesto Mutant, the country's mayor.

The country's legislature has approved a $ 389m loan from the International Monetary Fund to deal with the effects of epidemics and storms.

Authorities in neighboring Guatemala say, two people, including a nine-year-old boy, have been killed in a storm.

The rains killed at least three people, including a brother and sister, in Honduras and drowned in a river, according to local authorities, with reports of landslides and floods in several parts of the country.



SOURCE: AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES

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