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08 Sep 2004 description

Mexico City (dpa) - Hurricane Ivan churned Wednesday past Venezuela with winds of 220 kilometres per hour on a path toward Jamaica after tearing across the island of Grenada, killing at least 24 people and severely damaging its capital.

The toll, which rose from three earlier in the day, was reported by the Caribbean news agency CMC, which cited local officials.

Twenty-eight people aboard three vessels were also missing off the Venezuelan coast.

Ivan swept through Grenada, one of the Windward Islands, causing "incalculable'' damage to the capital city, Saint …