Storm Eta's death toll soars

The death toll from storm Eta surged on Friday as Guatemalan soldiers reached a mountain village where around 100 people were killed by a landslide.

An army spokesman said that many of those who died in the village of Queja in the central region of Alta Verapaz were buried in their homes after mudslides swallowed around 150 houses.

The army said about 100 people are believed to have died in Queja alone, though searches for survivors continue.

The devastating weather front brought destruction from Panama to Honduras and Mexico, which between them have registered more than 50 flood-related deaths.

One of the fiercest storms to hit Central America in years, The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned that "catastrophic flooding" in the region would continue.

Bad weather is hampering rescue efforts across the region.

The National Hurricane Centre said Eta was off Belize's coast in the Caribbean Friday evening, churning towards Cuba and Florida.

But it added that remnants of the weather system will continue to hammer parts of Central America with flooding.