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A man carries a child under heavy rains of tropical storm Agatha in Patulul, Guatemala (AP)

A man carries a child under heavy rains of tropical storm Agatha in Patulul, Guatemala (AP)

A man carries a child under heavy rains of tropical storm Agatha in Patulul, Guatemala (AP)

At least 83 people have been killed in flooding and landslides associated with the region's first tropical storm of the year, Central American authorities said.

Guatemala's disaster relief spokesman said 73 people have been killed as a result of torrential rains brought by Agatha, which slammed into the region as a tropical storm before dissipating.

Salvadoran President Maruricio Funes said nine people are dead in his country, and Honduras has reported one fatality.

Agatha was dissipating over the mountains of western Guatemala a day after it made landfall near the nation's border with Mexico with winds up to 45 mph.

PA