Managua, Nov 4 (efe-epa).- Hurricane Eta left a trail of destruction in Nicaragua’s impoverished and sparsely populated Caribbean region after making landfall as a Category 4 storm, government and independent sources said Wednesday.
There also have been reports of two deaths from the powerful hurricane – now a tropical storm over the northern part of the Central American country – although they have not been officially confirmed.
Nearly every urban area in the hardest-hit North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region (RACCN) suffered infrastructure damage from the hurricane’s torrential rains and 220-kilometer-per-hour (137-mile-per-hour) winds, according to Nicaragua’s National System for the Prevention, Mitigation and Attention of Disasters (Sinapred).
At least 10 rivers overflowed their banks, while trees, power pylons and electrical lines were knocked down and fragile roofs were ripped off of homes, Sinapred’s co-director, Guillermo Gonzalez, said on state-run media.
For his part, Energy and Mines Minister Salvador Mansell said Eta caused power outages in more than 200 localities, mainly in the RACCN, though adding that service will be restored in the coming hours.
The minister said the 30,000 people evacuated before Eta made landfall on Tuesday are still being housed in shelters and, despite reports that two artisanal miners died in a mudslide in the RACCN hours after the hurricane made landfall, stated that there were no casualties.
The volunteer-led independent Blue and White Monitoring Group, meanwhile, reported on additional damage.