The provisional death toll from Hurricane Iota is increasing. The natural disaster caused the death of 44 people in Central America, in landslides and floods. The number of victims could increase as aid reaches the affected areas.
Nicaragua and Honduras, with 21 and 14 deaths respectively, pay the highest price. Five people also died in Guatemala, two in Colombia, one in Panama and one in El Salvador.
According to Unicef, approximately 4.6 million people, including 1.8 million children, are affected in Central America by the consequences of the passage of the hurricane, which made landfall in northern Nicaragua on Monday in category 5, the highest.
In this country, the inhabitants of Bilwi (northeast), one of the most affected cities, it was still Thursday without water or electricity, with food shortage. In the northern department of Matagalpa, where nine people, including six children, died on Tuesday in a landslide, searches were resumed to try to find the missing.
According to the Nicaraguan government, the hurricane caused “catastrophic damage” on the infrastructure of this country among the poorest in the region. In Honduras, where 14 people died in landslides in the western department of Lempira, aid also continued its search to identify new victims, according to authorities.
In Guatemala, more than 3,500 inhabitants had to be welcomed while more than 2,600 homes were damaged. The hurricane hit Central America two weeks after another devastating hurricane, Eta, killed 200 people and affected 2.5 million people.