May 29, 2010 / 8:29 AM / 9 years ago

Storm prompts El Salvador, Nicaragua evacuations

SAN SALVADOR, May 28 (Reuters) - One woman was killed and rescue workers evacuated some 2,000 people in El Salvador and Nicaragua as a strengthening low-pressure system threatened to become the first named storm of the 2010 Pacific hurricane season.

The system off the Pacific coasts of Guatemala and southern Mexico dumped torrential rain in Central America, swelling rivers and damaging homes on Friday.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the system would likely develop into a tropical depression by Saturday and could become a tropical storm as soon as Sunday.

A 48-year-old woman drowned after she was swept away when trying to cross an overflowing river in north-central Nicaragua, said Colonel Gilberto Navarez, the country’s deputy director of civil defense.

More than 150 people were killed in El Salvador last November after Hurricane Ida triggered massive flooding and landslides. (Reporting by Nelson Renteria in San Salvador and Ivan Castro in Managua; Writing by Leslie Josephs; Editing by Robert Campbell and Peter Cooney)

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