At least 50 people have been killed in a series of landslides in the Central American country of Guatemala heavy rains caused by Storm Eta.
About half the deaths occurred in one city. The country’s president Alejandro Jamaat said about 20 houses had been buried in thick mud after a mountain collapsed.
Like a hurricane, ‘Eta’ came to land from the sea via neighboring Nicaragua on Tuesday, then weakened and turned into a tropical storm.
In an immediate press conference on Thursday after the landslides in Guatemala, Jamaat said it had rained for several months in less than 12 hours.
Rescuers were unable to reach one of the worst-hit areas, including the city of San Cristobal Verapaz as heavy rains continued. Half of the deaths occurred in this city.
Now we are trying to get there on foot because there is no other way, ”said Jamaat.
The hurricane hit Nicaragua with a hurricane of 225 kilometers per hour. It weakened from Nicaragua to neighboring Honduras, turned into a tropical depression, and then moved further to Guatemala.
More than 70 people have been killed in the violence across Central America, according to Reuters.
Nicaragua evacuated hundreds of thousands of people before the hurricane struck. Two people were killed in a landslide off the country’s north coast. The landslide happened while they were working in the mine.
A 13-year-old girl who was sleeping in a bed in the city of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, died after the walls of her house collapsed.
The Honduran government says about 500 people have been rescued after taking refuge on the roof in the face of rising water. They fear more people may be trapped in isolation.
Photographs from storm-stricken areas of Honduras and Guatemala show people flooding through flooded roads with homes and cars almost submerged in many places.
The effects of the ‘Eta’ are still heavy rains and deadly floods in several parts of Central America.
The National Hurricane Center in the United States has warned that the cause may be. The storm is expected to re-energize as it moves northeast towards Cuba and Florida.