Central America is now preparing to pick up the pieces that are left after a devastating week of flooding and landslides. Some of the worst-hit areas were in Honduras and Guatemala. I am here in Costa Rica where volumes of water flowing through the majestic rivers remind us of humility and the incredible forces of nature.
In a report from the Associated Press, "Shortly after Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez asked neighboring Guatemala for help rescuing residents stranded near their shared border Thursday, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei said at least 50 people had been killed in landslides in his own country, most of them in a remote town rescuers struggled to reach. Guatemalas national emergency agency later said only that at least 50 people were missing in San Cristobal Verapaz."
Devastation is widespread from Guatemala to Panama, "People are in need of some help. There is hope that a newly elected leader of the United States does not pour salt on this wound with Bounty paper towels for the sake of Procter and Gamble."
"A week of rain spoiled crops, washed away bridges and flooded homes across Central America. Hurricane Eta*s arrival Tuesday afternoon in northeast Nicaragua followed days of drenching rain as it crawled toward shore. Its slow, meandering path north through Honduras pushed rivers over their banks and pouring into neighborhoods where families were forced onto rooftops to wait for rescue."
"Marta Julia Portillo, 62, fled her San Pedro Sula neighborhood before dawn Thursday with relatives. They paused at a gas station on dry ground until they were told to move on."
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