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Hurricane Julia claims at least 28 deaths in Central America

At least 19 people have died as a result of former hurricane Julia, which is continuing to drench Guatemala and El Salvador.

October 11, 2022
11 October 2022

At least 28 people have been reported dead after former Hurricane Julia assaulted Central America.

While Julia has dissipated, it is still drenching Guatemala and El Salvador with torrential rains after it reemerged in the Pacific following a pounding of Nicaragua.

Soldiers stand guard in Comasagua, El Salvador where five soldiers died on Monday nearby when the wall of a home collapsed. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Authorities in El Salvador said five Salvadoran army soldiers died after a wall collapsed at a house where they sought refuge in the town of Comasagua, where hundreds of police and soldiers have been conducting anti-gang raids. Another soldier was injured.

Guatemala’s disaster prevention agency said five people died after a hillside collapsed on their house in Alta Verapaz province, burying them.

Two other people died in the eastern El Salvador town of Guatajiagua after heavy rains caused a wall of their home to collapse. Another man in El Salvador died when he was swept away by a current, and another died when a tree fell on him.

Children passes run by a street full of remains of trees broke by Hurricane Julia in Bluefields, Nicaragua, Sunday. (AP Photo/Inti Ocon)

Rivers overflowed their banks and El Salvador declared a state of emergency and opened 80 storm shelters.

In neighboring Honduras, a 22-year-old woman died when she was swept away by currents, and three people died when their boat swamped or capsized in northern Honduras. A man in Nicaragua was killed by a falling tree.

Julia hit Nicaragua’s central Caribbean coast early Sunday as a hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (140 kph) and survived the passage over the country’s mountainous terrain, entering the Pacific late in the day as a tropical storm..

Tropical Weather Julia Hurricane Julia is gaining strength heading westward in the southern Caribbean.AP PHOTO
Hurricane Julia is gaining strength heading westward in the southern Caribbean.

By Monday, Julia had moved inland over Guatemala and its winds were down to 30 mph (45 kph).

The US National Hurricane Center said Julia was centered about 125km west-northwest of Guatemala City and was moving west-northwest at 24 kph.

The center said floods and mudslides were possible across Central America and southern Mexico through Tuesday, with the storm expected to bring as much as 38cm of rain in isolated areas.

In Guatemala, two people were listed as missing and two were hospitalized, and about 1,300 people had to leave their homes because of flooding and rising streams.

CORRECTION Nicaragua Tropical Weather Julia brought winds and heavy rain to the Nicaraguan coast and other parts of Central America.AP PHOTO
Julia brought winds and heavy rain to the Nicaraguan coast and other parts of Central America.

Julia was expected to dissipate later Monday as it passes along the Guatemalan coast.

Colombia’s national disaster agency reported Sunday that Julia blew the roofs off several houses and knocked over trees as it blasted past San Andres Island east of Nicaragua. There were no immediate reports of fatalities

In Nicaragua, Vice President Rosario Murillo told TN8 television that 9,500 people had been evacuated to shelters.

Heavy rains and evacuations were also reported in Panama, Honduras and Costa Rica, where some highways were closed due to the downpours.

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