Hundreds evacuated as rains continue


Heavy rains have swelled rivers and flooded communities throughout much of the country (photo/ GRAPHOS Producciones)

Nicaragua’s Armed Forces were deployed Saturday to evacuate 48 families from flooded communities in the municipality of San Francisco Libre, north of Managua. A total of 179 men, women and children were evacuated by helicopters and boats from seven lakeside communities as rains continue to pound northern and western regions of the country, overflowing rivers, swelling lakes and destroying road and bridge infrastructure throughout the country.

On Sunday morning, military helicopters were deployed to transport state medical workers and food supplies to the community Las Mojarras, where 600 people are trapped on the north side of Lake Managua. In Managua alone, a total of 152 neighborhoods and more than 4,000 people have been affected by heavy rains and flooding, according to First Lady and government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo.

Recent rains have claimed 45 lives across Central America, including seven in Nicaragua. National alerts have been declared in Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua.

The Sandinista government’s most recent damage report for Nicaragua reveals more than 670 houses have been damaged, destroyed or flooded, more than 500 people have been evacuated from flooded communities and 10 bridges have collapsed. The government has not made any public estimate of what cleanup and reparations will cost.

“We are going to continue with the alert to prevent the loss of human lives and to save our brothers and sisters and families that are in a situation of high risk,” Murillo told Sandinista media outlets on Saturday.

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