October 10, 2014 11:14 am

Record rains flood homes, touch off landslides in Nicaragua

A mother and her daughter bail out buckets muddy water from their flooded home after the Ochomogo river burst its banks in Rivas, Nicaragua, Thursday, Oct 9, 2014.

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MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Nicaraguan authorities say a 5-year-old girl is dead after record rains unleashed landslides and flooding that swamped hundreds of homes.

The country’s Institute of Territorial Studies reports that 378 millimeters of rain fell in just 24 hours, the most on record.

Government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo said Thursday that the girl was swept away by strong currents in the village of Santa Teresa on the island of Ometepe in Lake Nicaragua.

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There were five landslides at the Concepcion volcano on Ometepe, and authorities closed roads in the popular tourist area.

Murillo said 890 homes were flooded and 24 destroyed.

Rain was expected to continue through Friday and possibly Saturday.

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