Eta leaves 150 dead or missing in Guatemala, president says

He also posted video of rescue teams delivering aid via helicopter. She managed about two hours of sleep Thursday night between the intermittent rain and damp chill.Munguía had yet to see any rescue boats or any authorities. It said rescues were happening Friday in San Pedro Sula and La Lima, but the need was great and resources limited.”I would say the national capacity has been overwhelmed by the size of the impact we are seeing,” said Maite Matheu, Honduras director for the international humanitarian organization CARE. “We couldn’t escape in any direction because everywhere was full of water.”Francisco Argeñal, chief meteorologist at the Center for Atmospheric, Oceanographic and Seismic Studies, said as much as 8 inches of rain had fallen in just the past two days in some areas.The death toll in Honduras rose to at least 21 people Friday, confirmed by local authorities, but the country’s emergency management agency reported only eight.”We know there are a lot of dead people, we’ve seen them, but until we receive official information we can’t certify them,” explained Marvin Aparicio, head of the agency’s incident command system. Her neighbors likewise occupied their roofs.Her home in La Lima, a San Pedro Sula suburb, is 150 feet from the roiling Chamelecon river and only a short way from the international airport’s runway. Numerous smaller landslides have blocked highways and access roads to the remote town of San Cristobal Verapaz. People walk around a road blocked by a landslide in Purulha, northern Guatemala Friday, Nov. From there it could reach Florida or eventually head toward the U.S.  “Whatever comes out (of Central America) is going to linger a while,” said Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach. Hurricane Eta’s arrival Tuesday afternoon in northeast Nicaragua followed days of drenching rain as it crawled toward shore. “In the coming hours, we are going to start to see, to our regret, Dante-esque scenarios of people found dead” as floodwaters recede.The government estimates more than 1.6 million have been affected. “We will use every resource, human or material, because we will get through this together,” Giammattei said on Twitter. Estamos con cada guatemalteco, y no daremos la espalda a ninguno de nuestros hermanos. The forecast had it strengthening to a tropical storm before nearing the Cayman Islands Saturday and crossing Cuba Sunday. Delmer Martinez / AP

“We can’t get off our houses’ roofs because the water is up to our necks in the street,” Munguía said. Its slow, meandering path north through Honduras pushed rivers over their banks and pouring into neighborhoods where families were forced onto rooftops to wait for rescue. They had not recovered any bodies yet, but said that more than 100 people were believed to be missing, the army announced. 5, 2020. 6, 2020. 

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On Friday morning, Tropical Storm Eta was centered 65 miles east of Belize City.A week of rain spoiled crops, washed away bridges and flooded homes across Central America. The neighborhood flooded in 1998 during Hurricane Mitch – a storm that killed more than 9,000 people in Central America – but Munguía said there is more water this time. Former Hurricane Eta leaves 150 dead or missing in Guatemala, president says

November 6, 2020 / 2:11 PM

Tropical Storm Eta targeting Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Eta targeting Gulf Coast


About 150 people have either died or remain unaccounted for in Guatemala due to mudslides caused by Eta, a powerful storm that buried an entire village, President Alejandro Giammattei said Friday. Anticipating flooding they had started raising appliances and other household items, but the water entered in a torrent Thursday morning.”In 10 minutes my house filled up,” she said. coastline, it would break the record for the most named storms to make a U.S. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox

In Guatemala, the first army brigade reached a massive landslide Friday morning in the central mountains where an estimated 150 homes were buried Thursday. landfall in a season, at 12, CBS News’ Jeff Berardelli reported. As the remnants of the hurricane moved back over Caribbean waters, governments in Central America worked to tally the displaced and dead, and recover bodies from landslides and flooding that claimed dozens of lives from Guatemala to Panama. “I’m not convinced we’re done with Eta.”Agence France-Presse contributed to this report. 
First published on November 6, 2020 / 2:11 PM It had been raining hard since Monday even though Eta’s center didn’t enter Honduras until Wednesday. Its torrential rains battered economies already strangled by the COVID-19 pandemic, took all from those who had little and laid bare the shortcomings of governments unable to aid their citizens and pleading for international assistance. Honduras Foreign Affairs minister Lisandro Rosales said via Twitter that “the destruction that Eta leaves us is enormous and public finances are at a critical moment because of COVID-19, we make a call to the international community to accelerate the process of recovery and reconstruction.”Observers are already anticipating that the havoc wrought by Eta will pressure more people to migrate from countries that are already some of the primary senders of migrants to the United States border in recent years.”Now with this situation, this is going to be an exodus, a massive exodus of migrants toward the north,” said Matheu.Early Friday, Eta was a tropical depression with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and was moving north at 7 mph. Volcaremos todos los recursos, humanos y materiales, porque esto lo superaremos juntos.#JuntosPrevenimos#GuatemalaNoSeDetiene— Alejandro Giammattei (@DrGiammattei) November 6, 2020

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Wendi Munguía Figueroa, 48, and nine relatives huddled Friday morning on the corrugated metal roof of her home surrounded by brown floodwaters, but with little drinking water remaining. Gulf coast, though the long-term path remained uncertain.If Eta makes landfall along the U.S. The group was using its network of contacts in Honduras to identify the hardest-hit areas and catalogue their most-pressing needs. A toddler is carried over a flooded street in the aftermath of Hurricane Eta in Jerusalen, Honduras, Thursday, Nov.