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Severe rainstorms cause 24 deaths, earthquakes continue

News from Nicaragua | Friday, 24 October 2014 |

Rescuers search for survivors of collapsed wall in Managua

Rescuers search for survivors of collapsed wall in Managua

Twenty–four people have lost their lives in the past two weeks as a result of constant storms falling on already saturated ground. The deaths have been caused by collapsing houses and walls, drownings, lightning strikes, and traffic accidents caused by flooded roads.

On 16 October, during an intense storm, a high stone wall fell on four poorly constructed houses in the May 18 neighbourhood of Managua, killing nine people, including two children, three teenagers, and four adults.

In total, 33,000 people have been affected across the country including 4,000 who have sought refuge in shelters. Over 6,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed and 224 kilometres of roads washed out.

The Nicaraguan Institute for Territorial Studies, INETER),predicts that rains will continue over the coming weeks but with less intensity.

Meanwhile, government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo announced that there have been 48 aftershocks from the powerful earthquake of 7.3 on the Richter scale on 13 October.