The death toll from Hurricane Iota continues to rise after a storm killed part of Central America that was recently devastated by Hurricane Eta.
Iota left a trail of devastation behind as he tore parts of Nicaragua and Honduras earlier this week. The storm hit like a Category 4 hurricane off the northeast coast of Nicaragua late Monday, hitting almost exactly the same section of the Caribbean coast that was destroyed by Hurricane Eta two weeks ago.
Nicaragua’s vice president and first lady Rosario Murio on Wednesday increased the nation’s death toll to 16. The victims were spread across the country, swept away by swollen rivers or buried in landslides.
Rescuers searched the site of a landslide in northern Nicaragua, where the local government confirmed four deaths and neighbors said at least 1
HURRICANE IOTA HIT NICARAGUA, SPARKS WARNING FOR FLASHING FLOODS AND PLANS IN PARTS OF CENTRAL AMERICA
On Wednesday, CD-SINAPRED, an emergency management agency in Nicaragua, tweeted footage of the area where the landslide occurred on Mount Macizo de Peñas Blancas, a mountain in the province of Matagalpa.
There are seven confirmed dead in the mountain, and the search continues, Murio said.
The Nicaraguan army said it was sending 100 rescuers to the scene. Access was complicated by downed trees blocking roads.
Monsignor Rolando Jose Alvarez, the Roman Catholic bishop of Matagalpa, wrote on Twitter that the priests were being sent to the Macizo de Peñas Blancas.
“At this point, our priests are mobilizing in this area and we are reaching out to all concerned,” he wrote in a translated tweet.
HURRICANE IOTA MAY SPARK A HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN AN AREA WHICH IS AN EMERGENCY WARNING
On Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said the storm was spreading over Central America, but warned that the threat of heavy rains continued.
Ancillary organizations have warned that Iota could spark a humanitarian crisis in the storm-ravaged region.
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On Wednesday, CD-SINAPRED tweeted images of the COMUPRED disaster relief group in the Boaco area, helping families affected by heavy rains.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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