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Tragedy in Nicaragua: a landslide as a result of Hurricane Iota left seven dead and four missing

The testimony of a survivor (100% News)

The force of Hurricane Iota impacted Nicaragua and, in its wake, caused a landslide that left at least seven dead and four missing, according to figures from the Daniel Ortega regime. The total number of deaths from the cyclone in Central America amounted to 25.

Local media reported that members of six families lost their lives on the night of this Tuesday when they were trapped by a landslide in the Peñas Blancas Massif, jurisdiction of La Dalia, in Matagalpa.

The 100% Noticias portal was able to confirm that one of the families, surnamed Roque, lived in the San Martín farm, from the community of El Carmen, located on the edge of said hill.

The vice president of Nicaragua, Rosario Murillo, offered a preliminary balance of the damages this Wednesday and He noted that seven people died buried in the landslide. But the 100% Noticias medium warns that in the place 13 people were found dead and 20 were still missing between the stones, the mud and the earth that fell on them. It is for this reason that it is feared that the number of deceased will grow with the passing of the hours.

Hurricane Iota caused damage in its wake (REUTERS / Oswaldo Rivas) Hurricane Iota caused damage in its wake (REUTERS / Oswaldo Rivas)A house destroyed after the hurricane (REUTERS / Oswaldo Rivas) A house destroyed after the hurricane (REUTERS / Oswaldo Rivas)The hurricane caused the fall of trees (REUTERS / Oswaldo Rivas) The hurricane caused the fall of trees (REUTERS / Oswaldo Rivas)

The total of deaths by the passage of hurricane Iota amounted to 25

The number of confirmed deaths that Hurricane Iota has left in its wake in Central America increased to 25, after the death of two people who were aboard a taxi that was moving along a highway in the southwest of Managua and a tree fell on them.

The fatalities were identified as Bayardo Bojorge, 37, and Ángel López, 33, who was the taxi driver. The passengers Diana and Gabriela Zamora, twin sisters, were transferred in critical condition to a Managua hospital after the accident, which occurred on Tuesday night, according to the National Police.

A count by the . agency indicates a total of 16 dead in Nicaragua, five in Honduras, two in the Colombian archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina, one in Panama and one in El Salvador.

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Iota, now degraded to a tropical depression and located over El Salvador, made landfall last Monday night in the northern Caribbean of Nicaragua as a category 4 cyclone on the Saffir-Simpson scale, out of a maximum of 5.

As it passed through Nicaragua, the hurricane, whose winds reached 260 kilometers per hour, caused devastation in the Northern Caribbean Autonomous Region (RACN), inhabited mainly by Miskito and Mayan indigenous people, of which nothing was heard for almost 24 hours, due to damage to communication systems and isolation caused by the overflowing of rivers, according to the Government.

The hurricane caused flooding (REUTERS / Oswaldo Rivas) The hurricane caused flooding (REUTERS / Oswaldo Rivas)Two people in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, in the midst of the hurricane (REUTERS / Oswaldo Rivas) Two people in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, in the midst of the hurricane (REUTERS / Oswaldo Rivas)

The National System for the Prevention, Mitigation and Attention of Disasters (Sinapred) still does not quantify the damages, but Preliminary reports indicate that Iota was more catastrophic than Eta, Category 4 Saffir-Simpson, which hit the same area on November 3.

Preliminary reports indicate that Iota was more catastrophic than Eta (REUTERS / Oswaldo Rivas) Preliminary reports indicate that Iota was more catastrophic than Eta (REUTERS / Oswaldo Rivas)

At least 40,000 people were evacuated to 250 temporary shelter centers, of which 38,000 were in Bilwi, head of the RACN, and one of the cities that suffered the most from the impact of the two recent cyclones, according to Sinapred.

At least 40,000 people were evacuated to 250 temporary shelter centers (REUTERS / Oswaldo Rivas) At least 40,000 people were evacuated to 250 temporary shelter centers (REUTERS / Oswaldo Rivas)The destruction in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua (REUTERS / Oswaldo Rivas) The destruction in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua (REUTERS / Oswaldo Rivas)

The Eye of Iota made landfall on Monday at 10:00 p.m. local time (04:00 GMT Tuesday), in Haulover, south of Bilwi, home to some 350 families with 1,750 people, mostly Miskitos.

As Iota advanced westward on Nicaragua, it caused flooding and death in the Pacific region of the country, despite its continued degradation, as its extensive bands carried moisture from the ocean, according to experts.

A Red alert remains in force for the Caribbean of Nicaragua, and the yellow for the rest of the country.

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