Hurricane Iota blasts Nicaraguan coast, floods parts of Honduras

Iota weakens to tropical depression after bringing catastrophic damage to Nicaragua

While numerous devastated countries are still assessing damages, images shared on social media captured collapsed trees, destroyed homes and downed power lines.

"The hurricane came, it destroyed my house, my daughter's house".

Iota had intensified into a Category 5 storm, but it weakened as it neared the coast and made landfall with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kph) early Tuesday morning.

From Hurricane Iota, however, he expected even more difficulties from heavy rains, with the soil and rivers already saturated with rainwater from the first storm.

Prior to Iota, Hurricane Eta's wrath created severe landslide conditions and saw an entire village destroyed in central Guatemala, prompting fears that hundreds had perished after almost two dozen homes were buried underneath mud.

The storm's center passed just south of Tegucigalpa, the mountainous capital of Honduras, where residents of low-lying, flood-prone areas were evacuated, as were residents of hillside neighborhoods vulnerable to landslides.

The extent of the damage was unclear because much of the affected region was without electricity and phone and internet service, and strong winds hampered radio transmissions.


Along Honduras' remote eastern coast, people fled their homes as waters rose.

"We're flooded everywhere, the rain lasted nearly all night and now it stops for an hour then comes back for two to three hours", said Marcelo Herrera, mayor of Wampusirpi, a municipality in the interior of northeast Honduras crossed by rivers and streams. The Honduran government closed bridges and highways across the country on Tuesday, while opening more than 600 shelters where some 13,000 residents sought refuge. She is the author of several books.

Panama reported that one person was killed and another missing in its western Indigenous autonomous Ngabe Bugle area near the border with Costa Rica. It left tens of thousands homeless in Honduras, which reported 74 deaths and almost 57,000 people in shelters.

Two further people were killed on the island of Providencia, part of Colombia's Caribbean archipelago, President Ivan Duque announced on Tuesday.

The Miskito region straddling Honduras and Nicaragua raced to get people to safety before a forecast direct hit from Iota.

For the storms that hit the Atlantic season this year, hurricane Iota is the 30th and one of the strongest.

The hurricane season officially ends November 30.

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