Nicaragua: Hurricane Iota leaves 16 dead and 4 missing

November 19, 2020

The powerful hurricane Iota has left 16 dead, 4 missing, and extensive material damage in its passage through Nicaragua.

The most affected area is the Northern Caribbean Autonomous Region (RACN) where it destroyed houses and caused deadly landslides in the center and north of the country.

It was confirmed that seven people died underground due to a landslide that occurred in the department of Matagalpa, in northern Nicaragua.

The vice president of the country, Rosario Murillo, said that before, these people who lived on the slopes of that hill had been offered to relocate in safe places, but they refused.

The deceased belong to two families: the three brothers Fanor, Elvis and Fanny, all Otero; and a woman, Martha Lorena Hernández, 34, and her children Orlando Josué (7), Heykel (9), Karen Junieth (2), all Martínez Hernández.

In addition, there were 15 missing people, but in the course of the night and morning today, four people have been found alive and seven dead, authorities reported.

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