Nature once again prevailed this week with the poorest countries of the American continent. After devastating Honduras, Hurricane Iota hit Nicaragua hard on Tuesday, a country where the Daniel Ortega regime and its parallel reality have allowed covid-19 to run rampant. Cities like Jinotega and Nueva Segovia woke up with hotels without roofs and trails of fallen trees that blocked access.
It was the second devastating cyclone to hit Central America in less than two weeks, something especially unusual at this point in the season when these phenomena no longer occur. According to the US National Hurricane Center, Iota could even surpass Eta, which had already been considered catastrophic by leaving 261 dead.
Upon making landfall on Monday on the northeast coast of Nicaragua, just 30 kilometers from where the previous phenomenon had swept through and with winds of 250 kilometers per hour, the University of Colorado has recorded this category 4 hurricane as the most powerful ever. ever produced in that area, surpassing Eta’s 140 mph just thirteen days ago, Philip Klotzbach tweeted.
Previously, even torrential rains had caused heavy flooding on the coasts of Honduras and Nicaragua, forcing dozens of indigenous communities to evacuate, leaving others trapped. The Spanish chef José Andrés arrived by helicopter to distribute food and supplies with his World Kitchen program.
In Colombia, a less vulnerable country, President Iván Duque reported that the cyclone, which arrived with category 5, damaged 98% of the infrastructure of the island of Providencia and the archipelago of San Andrés. Even in the Cartagena de García Márquez you had to navigate the colonial streets in inflatable boats. “Colombia is united in calamity,” said the president.
In recent hours, Iota has lost strength to become a tropical storm with sustained winds of 105 kilometers per hour, but continues to cause strong floods and landslides. The rains also hit Haiti, the poorest on the continent never recovered from natural and political tragedies.