Floods kill boy in storm-saturated St Lucia

Three weeks after Tomas left 14 dead

AP

Thursday, November 18, 2010

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CASTRIES, St Lucia Heavy rains are unleashing flooding in St Lucia that has killed an 8-year-old boy and forced scores of residents to evacuate low-lying towns.

Police say the boy was swept away today by a flooded river outside the capital of Castries. Relatives managed to retrieve his body from the swirling waters.

Schools and businesses closed early amid the downpours, which forecasters say is from a weak trough of stormy weather.

The government has ordered the closure of roads linking Castries with southern towns, where emergency shelters have been opened.

The flooding in the eastern Caribbean country comes nearly three weeks after Hurricane Tomas triggered landslides that killed 14 people. Officials say soil is still saturated from that storm.

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