Dozens of people have died in Central America from Tropical Storm Eta. Thousands more people were made homeless by floods in Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala.
Guatamala fears dozens of deaths from landslides
“The situation is serious and needs to be dealt with professionally,” Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez told TV channel. HCH. Many people in the country have been stranded by the storm or trapped on the roofs of houses.
Eta, one of the most violent storms in Central America in years, made landfall in Nicaragua on Tuesday as a Category 4 hurricane. Wind speeds of 241 kilometers per hour were reached. The hurricane diminished in strength and continued over inland and neighboring Honduras.
In the countries many houses, roads and bridges have been damaged by the strong winds and heavy rainfall.
In the town of San Cristobal Verapaz, Guatemala, landslides destroyed 25 homes. This may have killed as many as 50 people, President Alejandro Giammattei estimated.
Bad weather in Honduras flooded the streets of the city of San Pedro Sula. Five hundred people standing on roofs were rescued. Seven people were killed, according to authorities.
In Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama, there were also victims by Eta and the heavy weather caused a lot of damage.
Eta is expected to return to the sea and to Cuba and southern Florida.