Three siblings, two of them minors, died in Nicaragua in a landslide caused by heavy rains from Hurricane Iota, which has left at least 21 dead, the local government reported on Thursday.
The avalanche occurred Wednesday on El Puyú hill, in the municipality of Mulukukú, in the North Caribbean Autonomous Region (RACN), an area that Iota, a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale of a maximum of 5, crossed from east to west. That same corridor was the one that Hurricane Eta crossed 13 days ago, similar in power, explained Vice President Rosario Murillo.
The victims were identified as Pedro Blandon Reyes, 22, and his siblings Adonis, de 15, y Sayda, of 9.
Murillo, who regretted what happened, revealed that the government of her husband, President Daniel Ortega, knew about what happened since yesterday, Wednesday, but did not report because they were “looking for survivors.”
“With these brothers there would be 21, the ones we have lost,” said Rosario Murillo.
This is the second landslide that has claimed multiple lives in Nicaragua due to Hurricane Iota, and that it is reported late by the authorities.
On the day before, Murillo had announced the death of 9 people in a landslide that occurred the day before in the Macizo de Peñas Blancas Nature Reserve, located in the north of Nicaragua, and that left six survivors, according to official data.
The authorities of the National System for the Prevention, Mitigation and Attention of Disasters (Sinapred) have warned that landslides and floods could occur, because the soils are saturated with water, due to the rains brought by the two cyclones that just hit Nicaragua.