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Tropical Storm Eta has left torrential rains in Florida, United States, and has caused flooding in some areas of the southeast of the state, especially in Broward County. The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) has warned that the phenomenon is moving slowly towards the south, which will lengthen the danger alerts throughout the week in the region. Authorities have warned that potentially deadly floods and river overflows could still occur in Florida, Cuba and the Bahamas in the coming days. In addition, Eta threatens to leave landslides, as has already occurred in Central America, where entire villages have been buried under the mud and there are currently more than 120 dead. NHC has warned that this abnormally active hurricane season may still add two more cyclones.

Miami, Hialeah and Fort Lauderdale, the areas under alert in Florida, will remain at risk from floods and rains until this afternoon. In the streets of Miami the water covered above the knees and some neighbors have taken out their kayaks to get around. NHC has indicated that the storm will accumulate up to 450 millimeters of rain in areas south of the peninsula accompanied by winds of 100 kilometers per hour with greater gusts. In Cuba, the phenomenon has forced the evacuation of at least 84,000 residents due to the danger of floods and river overflows. In Jamaica and the Bahamas, authorities continue to be on alert for heavy rains, but so far no casualties have been reported.

Eta, which made landfall in Nicaragua last week as a Category 4 hurricane before degrading to a tropical storm, is still at risk of gaining strength again. In addition, the authorities remain on alert in two areas of the Atlantic where there is a risk that two new phenomena will form this week. “A tropical or subtropical storm is likely to form in the next few days. We will also be monitoring a tropical wave that could become a depression over the Caribbean Sea ”, NHC has reported on its social networks. This is the 29th storm of a particularly active hurricane season.

Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei has reported that landslides in the north of the country have claimed two lives. “Among the avalanches that are taking place in the Huehuetenango area and in the San Cristóbal Verapaz area (in the Alta Verapaz department) where we are trying to reach the Quejá village, there are estimated 25 houses buried by the avalanche”, has informed the agent. In total, it is estimated that there are around 150 dead or missing people among the hundred houses buried by the mud.

Rolando Cal was one of the survivors in Queja, one of the areas most affected by the mudslides that have devastated entire villages. “This is where my whole family and my house were destroyed,” Cal told Reuters, pointing to a pile of rubble where his house once stood. “I no longer have a place to live. No food, no money. I’m miserable, ”he lamented from a shelter.

In Mexico, the deaths caused by the storm are still being counted. Chiapas was the most affected state with 22 deaths due to floods, subsidence and landslides. Governor Rutilio Escandón Cadenas has reported that food packages are arriving at the 13 shelters installed to serve the more than 1,000 evacuated people. “The Chiapas are not alone, we are doing everything to serve those who need it in all the municipalities where damage was registered,” said Cadenas. minus five dead.

In its passage through Honduras during Thursday and last Friday, Eta has left at least 57 dead due to floods and river overflows. The Permanent Commission on Contingencies has reported that there are also eight missing people and more than 230,000 affected by the storm’s damage.

Eta made landfall in Nicaragua with 230-kilometer-per-hour winds and heavy rains. There have been two deaths so far, more than 400 displaced people and several damage to infrastructure. The president, Daniel Ortega, has assured this morning that Eta has left damage “that is repairable.” Regarding the two victims, the president maintains that they lost their lives in the mine before the cyclone hit. “We already know the problems that there are always in artisanal mining, which is of a high risk,” he declared.


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