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Tropical Depression Eta Devastates Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala

Flood waters engulf a road in Honduras.

A road in Honduras destroyed by Hurricane Eta. Photo: CARE

A road in Honduras destroyed by Hurricane Eta. Photo: CARE

Heavy rains and severe flooding have killed 60 and damaged roads and bridges and caused landslides

Tropical depression Eta slammed into Nicaragua Nov. 3 and moved across the country and into Honduras and Guatemala, killing more than 60 people and impacting more than 1.8 million. Rescue teams are hard at work but facing challenges reaching people in some of the most impacted areas due to damaged roads and bridges, and landslides. In some areas, the rains were so heavy they caused people to drown in their homes overnight.



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“We are very worried because the impact has been much worse than expected. The situation is pretty dramatic, mainly in the Sula Valley in northern Honduras,” says Maite Matheu, CARE Honduras country director. “I would say the national capacity has been overwhelmed by the size of the impact we are seeing.”

In Honduras, crops have been destroyed and infrastructure, including 17 bridges, has been severely damaged. In Guatemala, heavy rains continue to devastate roads, and telecommunications, electricity, and water systems. CARE teams and partners are safe and working to assess the needs and impacts.

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Associated Press: Eta back to sea as Central America tallies damages and dead

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