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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Hurricane Eta Lashes Nicaragua and Honduras, Dumps Rain and Creates Landslides

Landslides have killed three people in Nicaragua and Honduras after Hurricane Eta dumped heavy rain as it barreled through Central America.

Landslides have killed three people in Nicaragua and Honduras after Hurricane Eta dumped heavy rain as much as 25 to 51 centimeters while it barreled through Central America. 

The heavy rainfall triggered landslides in Honduras which killed a 12-year-girl while two miners were killed in a similar manner in Nicaragua.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said that Eta is currently moving inland over northeastern Nicaragua with sustained winds of 140 kilometers an hour as a category 4 hurricane.

When it made landfall at the coast, Eta was had winds of 225 km/h which created storm surges in the coastal town of Bilwi in Nicaragua and knocked down its power grid. 

In anticipation of further damage from Eta, Nicaraguan officials evacuated more than 3,000 people to more than 15 shelters and move those living in islands to the mainland to take refuge.

In the Mosquitia region of Honduras, 60 fishermen remained adrift at sea waiting for rescue as coastal waters became choppier.

The NHC expects Eta to reemerge over the Gulf of Mexico before moving northward.

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