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The victims were married couples who owned second homes on the island and visited the Bahamas frequently, Mr. Pedican said.


Floods force thousands from homes

QUITO — Ecuador’s government said floods and mudslides have caused at least 10 deaths so far this year and forced about 4,700 people to flee their homes.

Heavy rains have set off mudslides in some areas and caused rivers to overflow.

The government emergency management office said Sunday that at least 10 people have died and 14 have been injured during heavy rains since January.

Agency official Christian Taco said more than 4,700 people have evacuated their homes this year. Of those, about 2,800 are staying in disaster shelters while others moved in with relatives.


Agents seize drugs, arrest 3 Venezuelans

SANTO DOMINGO — Authorities said they seized 1.5 tons of cocaine and detained three Venezuelans allegedly transporting the drugs in a speedboat.

National Drug Control Agency chief Rolando Rosado Mateo said the suspects were captured at dawn Sunday while they were trying to unload the drugs in the southern beach town of Juan Dolio.

He said agents found bales of white power in the 40-foot speedboat.

Mr. Rosada said authorities think Dominican accomplices planned to meet the Venezuelans and then smuggle the cocaine into the United States and Europe.

From wire dispatches and staff reports