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Nine dead as tropical storm Gamma lashes Honduras


TEGUCIGALPA, Nov 20 (AFP): The most active Atlantic hurricane season on record turned deadly again as at least nine people were killed and 14 others missing after Tropical Storm Gamma flooded parts of northern Honduras, authorities said Sunday.
The government said it had made an urgent request for US helicopters to help rescue dozens of people left stranded on rooftops by floods and mudslides in the area of the Honduran northern Caribbean coast, said the Permanent Commission on Contingencies.
Commission official Hugo Arevalo said the government had asked for assistance from the US army helicopters which operate from the Palmerola Air Base north of the capital.