More than 5,000 people were affected and two died in the impact zone of the Hurricane Eta in Nicaragua, according to a preliminary report released this Sunday by the NGO Centro Humboldt.
The organization issued the report three days after Category 4 Hurricane Saffir-Simpson made landfall in the Northern Caribbean Autonomous Region (RACN) of Nicaragua, with winds of up to 240 kilometers per hour last day 3. Until now the authorities have not presented a complete report of damage, and do not admit deaths due to Eta.
“Most of the damages have been infrastructures, being the most affected communities, Haulover, Wawa Bar, Karatá, Whounta Bar, in which there was no loss of human life, but total destruction of homes. In the urban sector of Bilwi, Puerto Cabezas, according to preliminary information, more than 1,000 families and more than 5,000 people have been affected, with approximately 800 damaged homes & rdquor ;, indicated the Humboldt Center.
In the same city of Bilwi, more than 30 neighborhoods were affectedSome 400 linear meters of power lines collapsed, and it took at least two days before water and power services were restored, according to the report.
In rural communities, mostly indigenous Miskitas or MayagnasSome 13,185 people evacuated themselves before the impact of Eta. So far this data is not part of the official statistics, which speak of more than 30,000 evacuated by the authorities.
In the northern area, the Humboldt Center registered at least six houses collapsed, a road blocked, a road blocked by a falling tree, and a house hit by a landslide.
In northwestern Nicaragua, the NGO reported 280 families affected, two houses collapsed and two flooded, as well as a community cut off due to a river overflowing.
“Overflowed national capacities”
In the Pacific zone, where Eta affected with rains and winds from the southwest, a bus was dragged with 18 people on board, but left no casualties, a river partially destroyed the boardwalk of a coastal town, and two houses were damaged, one by heavy rainfall and the other by a landslide.
At the national level, Eta caused an overflow of at least 25 important days in Nicaragua, as well as floods in large areas of the Caribbean, north, and Pacific of the country, said Humboldt.
In its conclusions, the report noted that “Hurricane Eta overwhelmed national capacities for emergency management, showing a modest and insufficient governmental response & rdquor;.
He cited deficiencies in the management of the shelter center, where a lack of water, food, mats and medicines was reported, as well as overcrowding and lack of sanitary measures in the context of the covid-19 pandemic.
He added that “the initiative and experience of the residents for self-evacuation, contributed to Eta not leaving victims of death due to floods & rdquor ;, since the two reported were the product of a landslide.
He also highlighted the need for response and rehabilitation “In compliance with humanitarian norms, without limitations to the exercise of humanitarian law & rdquor ;, in a context full of complaints about alleged obstruction of aid for the victims by the National Police.
The report also drew attention to the importance of knowing the impact of Eta on natural resources.
The Nicaraguan government, which claims to have managed the emergency well, promised to issue a first report on the situation tomorrow, Monday, when Eta’s impact was seven days old.