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Centroamérica / Caribe

Washington, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) Hurricane Maria reaches the dangerous category four in the Saffir-Simpson scale, with sustained winds of 215 kilometers per hour, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported today in its last bulletin.

San Salvador, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) Salvador Sanchez Ceren, president of El Salvador, announced today an increase in the police work in this capital, by means of a security system to guarantee peace in San Salvador.

San Juan, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosello declared this country in state of emergency today due to the Hurricane Maria, which is expected to be ''more devastating than Irma''.

Managua, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) The tourism sector of Nicaragua is showing a renewed momentum after the country festivities motivate a significant movement of travelers to different destinations in the country.

Havana, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) A ship from the Dominican Republic''s Navy arrived in this capital today laden with a humanitarian aid to help Cubans during the recovery works after Hurricane Irma hit the country.

Mexico, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) There has been more than 2,000 aftershocks following the 8.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Oaxaca and other Mexican states, Oaxaca governor Alejandro Murat said today. The emergency in Oaxaca has passed, but aftershocks of the huge tremor that caused nearly a hundred dead and great destruction continue, Murat said in a television interview.

Panama, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) After a weekend of ''super offers'' in the main shopping centers of the country, Panama Black Weekend closed with profits that exceeded 50 million dollars, it was reported here today.

Washington, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) The islands of the Lesser Antilles are preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Maria today, which could gain strength and cause considerable damage, according to a report from the US National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Santo Domingo, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) The Ministry of Public Works and Communications (MOPC) has activated as of today the Emergencies Committee as a result of the possible passing of Hurricane Maria through the country, media reported.

Mexico, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) Mexican women are constantly at risk, as part of the atmosphere of aggressions resulting from impunity, several human rights organizations denounced.