Hurricane Iota also battered Nicaragua with screeching winds and pounding surf Tuesday, chasing tens of thousands of people from their homes along the same stretch of the Caribbean coast that was devastated by an equally powerful hurricane just two weeks ago. The victims were spread across the country, swept away by swollen rivers or buried in landslides.
While numerous devastated countries are still assessing damages, images shared on social media captured collapsed trees, destroyed homes and downed power lines. Police blocked media access to the site on the Macizo de Peñas Blancas, a mountain in Matagalpa province, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Managua.
One home was spared on the other side of the slide.
Rolando José Alvarez, the Roman Catholic bishop of Matagalpa, said via Twitter that priests were being sent to the area.
A distraught Filimon Wilfred, 72, said Iota had destroyed his family's five houses leaving its 18 members homeless in the coastal city of Bilwi. "It destroyed five houses in total", Wilfred said. "Where am I going to live?".
The strongest storm on record to reach Nicaragua, Iota struck the coast late on Monday, bringing winds of almost 249 km/h and flooding villages still reeling from the impact of Hurricane Eta two weeks ago.
The remnants of Hurricane Iota moved into El Salvador Wednesday, as the storm continues to pound Nicaragua with strong winds and heavy rains even after weakening from a hurricane to a tropical storm.
Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, and Guatemala are regions that just recently faced Hurricane Eta, the devastations of which are still very much present and unsolved.
"What affected us most here was the flooding". "We are in danger if it keeps raining".
More than 40,000 people were in shelters. She is the author of several books. "There is no water".
Panama's government said a person had died in its western Ngabe-Bugle region due to conditions caused by the storm. In Nicaragua, which took the brunt of Iota, almost 90,000 families remained without electricity early on Wednesday, and 63,000 people have remained in state shelters after being urged to evacuate from their homes ahead of Iota's landfall.
The 2020 hurricane season does not officially end until November 30, and the NHC is already in the midst of monitoring at least one system, which has been dubbed Tropical Storm Polo. The Nicaraguan port of Puerto Cabezas, still partly flooded and strewn with debris left by Eta, again bore the brunt of the hit.
The hurricane season officially ends November 30.