By Alberto Barrera
Near 100 dead, more of 110 missing and tens of thousands affected by the passage of tropical storm Eta through Honduras and Guatemala, which continued to travel through Cuba and Florida where it caused flooding and damage.
The quantification of the disaster will take time to calculate although experts estimate effects in 3,0 million inhabitants in at least three Central American countries.
In Honduras, the Permanent Contingency Commission (Copeco) reported on Monday that 57 people died and 8 missing because of the rains, floods and landslides in a large area in the north of the country. They located 8,165 people evacuated to shelters and there were 42,000 rescued.
While Guatemalan authorities said Tropical Storm Eta left at least 33 dead, 103 missing and 311,000 affected by floods, landslides and landslides.
The president of Guatemala Alejandro Giammattei declared a state of Calamity in the departments of Petén, Izabal, Zacapa, Jutiapa, Chiquimula, Progress, Santa Rosa, Alta Verapaz, Quiché and Huehuetenango, the most affected and some 10,193 damaged homes.
The report added that the storm caused almost 200,000 affected, 44,000 evacuated and 7,000 people were taken to emergency shelters.
Nicaragua that suffered the initial onslaught of hurricane Eta and El Salvador that maintains a red alert since last week due to the rains, made efforts and sent aid to help the victims in the two most affected neighboring countries.
During the emergency 8 Nicaraguan helicopters carried out rescues in the Sula Valley, north of Honduras and took 82.000 pounds of food and drinking water. In the Honduran Caribbean there were also rescues of people by the military aboard US helicopters, authorities said.
From El Salvador the government sent an aid caravan with 232 rescue specialists, 46 trucks and 2 vans with humanitarian aid to the thousands affected.
While in Cuba, President Miguel Díaz-Canel led a meeting in which they evaluated the damage caused by tropical storm Eta as it passed through the center and east of the island in the Sancti Spíritus provinces., Ciego de Ávila and Granma the most affected by the meteor, in which they evacuated more than 74,000 people and of which some 8,000 were placed in shelters.
Eta left Cuba along the north coast of Ciego de Ávila and moved to the Gulf of Mexico and then to the Florida Keys, where it impacted on Sunday generating a flood emergency..
The Central American Integration System (SICA) reported on Friday that some 3,0 millions of Central Americans were affected by the gale.
The mighty cyclone, that after making landfall in Nicaraguan territory and razing homes, crops and forests, degraded to a storm and then a tropical depression en route to Honduras and Guatemala, that received huge amounts of rain that caused the disaster.
In Nicaragua, the National Prevention System, Disaster Relief and Mitigation (Sinapred) reported no fatalities, although some media indicated that two artisanal miners died indirectly due to the phenomenon.
Before the impact of the hurricane, Sinapred sheltered in schools, churches and other buildings enabled as temporary shelters to some 30.000 people who were removed from their living areas due to the risk of the phenomenon.