A teenager died in Honduras and nine communities were cut off from the outside world by heavy rains that fell on several regions of the Central American country, officials said Saturday.
Firefighter David Velazquez told reporters that the youth, identified as Dailyn Adan Andino, 15, died under the rubble of a brick house with a zinc roof when it was smashed by a mudslide.
The incident occurred Friday night in the Rafael Leonardo Callejas suburb north of Tegucigalpa, an area known for its geological faults and frequent mudslides.
Firefighters managed to rescue alive another four members of the same family including a pregnant woman, Velazquez said.
The worst flooding occurred in the municipality of Libertad in the central province of Comayagua, where at least nine communities are cut off and isolated, the city councilor of the area, Carlos Chavarria, told reporters.
The affected towns are Los Laureles, El Canton, San Antonio, El Filo, Goteras, Las Lajas, San Luis Esquias and La Trinidad, the official said.
Flooding from the overflowing Salitroso and Frio rivers also damaged highways and caused power outages and wreckage to some 50 homes.
The rainy season in Honduras, which began last May, had left at least 16 people dead by September, according to figures of the state Copeco emergency management office.
More rains are expected in Tegucigalpa this weekend, Copeco warned, and asked residents of high-risk areas not to take chances and to find safe places to protect their lives.
The months of September, October and November are the rainiest in Honduras, a country that is also threatened every year by hurricanes and tropical storms that form in the Caribbean. EFE