Iota, a hurricane turned tropical storm, was on the way to dissipate on the night of Wednesday 18 to Thursday 19 November in El Salvador after having caused at least 38 deaths and enormous damage in Central America. This region had already been devastated two weeks ago by Hurricane Eta.
Nicaraguan authorities on Wednesday announced a new provisional death toll of 18, including seven children, in a landslide and flooding. Tens of thousands of people are still isolated, without drinking water or electricity.
This hurricane “arrived and completed” to destroy everything “what hurricane Eta left standing” here are only a fortnight, explained Wednesday Yamil Zapata, government official for the Nicaraguan region of the northern Caribbean, said that many homes were damaged, especially in Bilwi, the main city in this part of the country.
Honduras, meanwhile, now deplores 14 deaths, after the discovery of the bodies of eight people killed in a landslide. Iota also killed two in Guatemala, two in a Colombian Caribbean archipelago, one in Panama and another in El Salvador.
The Salvadoran environment ministry announced that, according to forecasts, Iota had lost its intensity during its passage through the country. But heavy rains continued to fall in northern Nicaragua.
After amassing energy in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, Iota made landfall in that country on Monday as a Category 5 hurricane, the highest on the Saffir-Simpson scale. It was then accompanied by strong winds sometimes reaching 260 km / hour, according to the American hurricane monitoring center, the NHC, which is headquartered in Miami (Florida).