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Tropical storm kills 10 in Dominican Republic

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (Reuters) - Ten people were killed and 15 injured when Tropical Storm Odette pounded the Dominican Republic over the weekend, authorities said on Monday.

At least 18 houses were destroyed by Odette, a storm that formed after the Atlantic hurricane season ended in November.

Most of the people killed were drowned or buried under mudslides, said national emergency commission spokesman Radhames Lora Salcedo,

The dead included a 58-year-old woman who was trapped in er house by a rising river in San Cristobal, in the southern part of the country that was worst hit. Most of the injuries were caused by traffic accidents on flooded roads.

Odette, with maximum winds of up to 65 mph (104 kph), dumped 5 to 10 inches (12 to 25 cm) of rain on the Dominican Republic and felled trees and power lines.

Authorities said it ravaged farmland.

The storm formed in the Caribbean Sea on Thursday, four days after the official end of the hurricane season, and swept over the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, on Saturday.

Odette, the 15th tropical storm or hurricane in the Atlantic-Caribbean region in 2003, fell apart as it sped northeast into the cooler Atlantic waters.

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