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Guatemala braces for possible second deadly storm

by Staff Writers
Guatemala City (AFP) June 16, 2010
Guatemala Wednesday was bracing for another potentially deadly tropical storm from the Pacific Ocean, only two weeks after Agatha unleashed floods and landslides that left 275 killed or missing, officials said.

A low-pressure system near the Gulf of Tehuantepec, Mexico, was showing signs of strengthening, "with a 60 percent chance it may become a tropical storm," said a spokesman for Guatemala's emergency management agency.

He said the storm would likely bring heavy downpours over Mexico's Pacific coast and possibly over Guatemala, making more floods and landslides likely after Agatha's copious rains.

Agatha slammed into Central America May 29-30 with up to half-a-meter (20 inches) of rain, triggering deadly landslides and floods that killed 183 people across the region including at least 156 in Guatemala, and left thousands homeless.

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