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Tropical Storm Iota deals devastation to Central America still recovering from Eta

November 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Tropical storm Iota has devastated Central America, leaving residents to wade through the wreckage of two storms in a matter of weeks.

(CNN)Tropical storm Iota has devastated Central America, leaving residents to wade through the wreckage of two storms in a matter of weeks.

First, Hurricane Eta struck Nicaragua on November 3 as a Category 4 storm, causing landslides and flooding that displaced thousands and left scores of people dead or missing.

Now, 99. 5% of properties on the Nicaraguan Caribbean coast are without electricity, the country's National System for Prevention and Attention to Disasters (Sinapred) said Tuesday.

And four adults and two minors have died in the country as a result of Iota's impacts, Nicaragua's Vice President Rosario Murillo said.

40,000 people impacted

Even before Iota struck, about 3. 6 million people across Central America had been affected by Eta, a storm that hovered for days over Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala, with heavy rains creating flooding and landslides that wiped out entire communities.

And now more than 400,000 people in Nicaragua have been affected by the strongest storm to hit the country, Murillo said.

Over 62,000 people in the Central American nation have been moved into 683 government shelters following the storm, the country's government said on national television Tuesday.

In several cities in the Rivas region of Nicaragua, a strip of land between Lake Nicaragua and the Pacific Ocean in the nation's southwest, authorities are monitoring rivers and placing vulnerable families in shelters, NHC said.

At least two people are dead, and one is missing on Providencia, Colombia President Ivan Duque said on Tuesday.

One hundred and twelve people were evacuated from the island Tuesday, among them six seriously injured.

The islands of San Andres and Providencia, located just northwest of Colombia's mainland, have for the first time in recorded history felt the impact of a Category 5 hurricane, Duque said on Monday.

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