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Heavy rains kill 34, affect 85,000 in Nicaragua

MANAGUA, Aug. 28 — Thirty-four people have died in constant heavy rains since May in Nicaragua as of Friday, in a developing disaster which has already affected some 85,000 people.

Twenty-three of the deaths took place in August, according to Nestor Solis Gonzalez from the Civil Defense. There were six confirmed deaths during the last 24 hours.

Among those affected by the killer rains, a few were staying at the shelters established by the aid organizations.

Solis said roads in many northern provinces were badly damaged and the rains have left many municipalities isolated.

Nicaragua's Producers Union said the rains also affected the harvesting of beans, sorghum, soya and peanut as the crops died of too much water.

The government is expected to launch a relief plan in the coming days. (PNA/Xinhua) scs/rsm

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