August 1, 2021

Some 500 people continue evacuated by the rains in Nicaragua

Some 500 people continue evacuated by the rains in Nicaragua

Some 500 people are still evacuated today in the Nicaraguan municipalities of Tipitapa and Chinandega due to floods caused by heavy rains that affected those areas since last Friday.

The co-director of the National System for the Prevention, Mitigation and Attention to Disasters (Sinapred), Guillermo González, said in a report that in Tipitapa, 25 kilometers north of Managua, 410 people are sheltering in temporary shelters.

While another 90 people remain evacuated in houses of solidarity in Chinandega, 149 kilometers northwest of the capital, he continued.

In total, the rains since October 5 have left 4 dead, including three when trying to cross rivers, and 5,916 families affected, which is equivalent to 24,461 people, according to the overall balance on damages.

In addition, persistent rainfall had left 6,665 refugee families.

The vice president of Nicaragua, Rosario Murillo, said that between today and tomorrow the entrance to the territory of a tropical wave is expected.

"Maybe the rains are normal, do not generate major incidents, God willing, so be it," said Murillo, also first lady.

The rains, which have abated since Monday, have affected 73 of the 153 municipalities in the country, and 13 of the 15 departments and two autonomous regions, according to the official report.

The Sinapred activated a yellow alert last Friday, due to the persistent rains caused by low pressures in the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean.

The yellow alert in Nicaragua orders the institutions and the population to be ready to act in the face of a phenomenon that could end in disaster, which makes it possible to keep shelter centers and rescue units prepared for possible evacuations and emergencies.

The Nicaraguan authorities called on families to take precautionary measures, not to go near rivers or riversides, to be careful on slopes and not to cross currents grown.

Low pressure areas, both in the Caribbean and in the Pacific Ocean, are typical of the hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30.


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