Friday, October 06, 2017

Tropical Storm Nate kills 22 in Central America, as it heads for the US

Tropical Storm Nate
Tropical Storm Nate has killed at least 22 people in Central America as it pummelled the region with heavy rain while heading for the US Gulf Coast where it could strike as a hurricane this weekend.

In Nicaragua, at least 11 people died, seven others were reported missing and thousands had to evacuate homes because of flooding, said the country’s vice president Rosario Murillo.

Emergency officials in Costa Rica reported that at least eight people were killed due to the lashing rain, including two children.

Another 17 people were missing, while more than 7,000 had to take refuge from Nate in shelters, authorities said.

Two youths also drowned in Honduras due to the sudden swell in a river, while a man was killed in a mudslide in El Salvador and another person was missing, emergency services said.

"Sometimes we think we can cross a river and the hardest thing to understand is that we must wait," Nicaragua’s Murillo told state radio, warning people to avoid dangerous waters. "It’s better to be late than not to get there at all."

Costa Rica’s government declared a state of emergency, closing schools and all other non-essential services.

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