Hurricane “Yota” landed in Nicaragua and tens of thousands of people in Central America were evacuated
Category 4 hurricane “Yota” made landfall on the port of Cabezas in northeastern Nicaragua on the evening of the 16th local time, and is expected to severely affect many Central American countries in the next few days.
Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated in Central America. In Nicaragua, more than 80,000 families along the Caribbean Sea are facing floods and landslides. The local government has set up 1,300 shelters and about 1,500 people have been evacuated.
Honduras has evacuated 71,000 people and placed them in 525 shelters. El Salvador and Guatemala declared red alert status.
Costa Rica also announced that several administrative regions have entered a yellow or orange alert state. Prior to this, “Yota” was once upgraded to a Category 5 hurricane, which was the first Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic this year.
Hurricane Yota killed 9 people
San Jose, November 17 Hurricane “Jota” continued to bring strong winds, heavy rains and floods to Nicaragua, Honduras and other countries on the 17th. At present, 9 people have died.
According to local media reports, “Yota” is the strongest hurricane ever encountered by Nicaragua. On the same day, “Yota” carried violent storms and rains from the coast of the Caribbean Sea to inland, causing houses to collapse, trees to break and flooding. The floods have inundated some rural areas and towns, especially the areas that were hit hard by Hurricane ETA two weeks ago. New hurricanes have hit the water before it recedes, and the situation is the worst.
The report quoted Nigerian Vice President Rosario Murillo as saying that at least six people were swept away by the flood and died, including two children. Murillo said that 400,000 people in Nigeria are affected by the “Yota”, and currently 48,000 people are placed in government shelters.
Hurricane Jota The Honduran government closed all bridges and roads in the territory on the 17th, and added 600 shelters to accommodate about 13,000 people affected by the disaster. “Yota” also caused two deaths and one death in Colombia and Panama respectively. A total of 175,000 people in Central America were evacuated, and power and communications were interrupted in some affected areas.
“Yota” landed on the port of Cabezas in northeastern Nicaragua on the evening of the 16th, and gradually weakened into a tropical storm by the evening of the 17th. “Yota” was designated as the highest category five hurricane before it landed.