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Today in Latin American History

Hurricane Stan Killed Over 1,000 After Touching Down in Mexico & Guatemala in 2005

Hurricane Stan Killed Over 1,000 After Touching Down in Mexico & Guatemala in 2005

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Today in Latin American history, Hurricane Stan killed over 1,000 people after touching down in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Savlador in 2005.

Due to Stan’s position within a large area of convective activity and thunderstorms, the hurricane’s effects were far-reaching and widespread across Central America.

Flash floods generated by the hurricane caused severe crop losses, particularly to coffee crops.

Overall, Stan caused at least 1,668 deaths across six countries, with many others unaccounted for.  Most of these fatalities occurred in Guatemala, and were mostly caused by mudslides triggered by torrential rainfall.

The floods in Guatemala destroyed entire towns and disrupted exportation of petroleum.

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