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    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The number of people going hungry in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua has nearly quadrupled in the last two years, the United Nations said on Tuesday, as Central America has been battered by an economic crisis. New data released by the UN's World Food Program showed nearly 8 million people across the four countries are experiencing hunger this year, up from 2.2 million in 2018. "The COVID-19-induced economic crisis had already put food on the market shelves out of reach for the most vulnerable people when the twin hurricanes Eta and Iota battered them further," said Miguel Barreto, WFP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, in a statement referring to the two hurricanes to hit Central America in November. The World Food Program also said that 15% of those surveyed by the organization in January 2021 said that they were making concrete plans...
    For the second day of the Professional League Cup 2021, River and Rosario Central will face each other, where the “Millonario” team will return to the memorial Antonio Vespuccio Liberty Stadium, after months of work there. Marcelo Gallardo’s side will be looking for their first win Gilli Gonzalez’s second win in a row comes after Argentina’s 2-1 victory over Argentina in a match after a tough defeat to the Estates at La Plata. Students – River | Date, time in South America and Spain, training for TV, streaming and Professional League Cup Students – River | Date, Time in South America and Spain, Training for TV, Streaming and Professional League Cup Daniel Swark | 13 February 2021 Mouth – Gymnastics (LP) | Date, Time in South America and Spain, Training for TV, Streaming and Professional League Cup Mouth – Gymnastics (LP) | Date, time in South America and...
    During 2021 Walmart de México y Centroamérica plans to invest 22 thousand 200 million pesos, which will represent an increase of 32.99 percent, compared to last year. During Walmart Day, Guilherme Loureiro, executive president of the company for the region, pointed out that During 2020, the largest supermarket chain in Mexico invested 16.7 billion pesos, a drop of 18.7 percent, compared to 2019. For this year’s investments, 40 percent of the investments will be focused on existing stores; 25 percent in logistics and new stores, respectively; and 10 percent in electronic commerce and technology. « The level of investment and the transformation of the way of working gives us confidence that we will continue to grow. Our growth profile will continue to evolve. In the past we focused on growing through new stores; is. New strategy is going to celebrate growth and we believe that we can double...
    TENOSIQUE, Mexico (AP) – In the first Mexican shelter reached by migrants after trekking through the Guatemalan jungle, some 150 migrants are sleeping in its dormitories and another 150 lie on thin mattresses spread across the floor of its chapel. Only six weeks into the year, the shelter known as “The 72″ has hosted nearly 1,500 migrants, compared to 3,000 all of last year. It has halved its dormitory space due to the pandemic. That wasn’t a problem last year because few migrants arrived, but this year it’s been overwhelmed. “We have a tremendous flow and there isn’t capacity,” said Gabriel Romero, the priest who runs the shelter in Tenosique, a town in southern Tabasco state. “The situation could get out of control. We need a dialogue with all of the authorities before this becomes chaos.” In particular, he would like the government to assist with migrants who camp outside while they are full. Latin America’s migrants – from the Caribbean, South America and Central America – are on the move again. After a year of pandemic-induced paralysis, those in daily contact with migrants believe the flow north could return to the high levels seen in late 2018 and...
    TENOSIQUE, Mexico (AP) – In the first Mexican shelter reached by migrants after trekking through the Guatemalan jungle, some 150 migrants are sleeping in its dormitories and another 150 lie on thin mattresses spread across the floor of its chapel. Only six weeks into the year, the shelter known as "The 72" has hosted nearly 1,500 migrants, compared to 3,000 all of last year. It has halved its dormitory space due to the pandemic. That wasn't a problem last year because few migrants arrived, but this year it's been overwhelmed. "We have a tremendous flow and there isn't capacity," said Gabriel Romero, the priest who runs the shelter in Tenosique, a town in southern Tabasco state. "The situation could get out of control. We need a dialogue with all of the authorities before this becomes chaos." In particular, he would like the government to assist with migrants who camp outside...
    The real mosaic of population and tradition, Central American countries Benefit from incredible biodiversity. If the Mayan people had easy contact with Central America, we would never have suspected that there were many indigenous peoples who built the identity of this multicultural region. The tradition of these peoples, which later merged with Europeans, Africans and Asians, gave birth to a truly melting pot of cultures. Such as countries Nicaragua, Panama, The Costa Rica Or Dominican Republic Strong examples of people paying homage to this coexistence and ancient traditions. Sustainable tourism in Central America is of particular interest to more and more travelers who want to return to nature. For example, in Ecological farms In the north of Nicaragua, you will discover how coffee is grown and an incredible variety of birds. Families who offer you the opportunity to taste the country’s traditional and traditional cuisine by sharing their home with...
    By ISABEL MATEOS and MARÍA VERZA, Associated Press TENOSIQUE, Mexico (AP) — In the first Mexican shelter reached by migrants after trekking through the Guatemalan jungle, some 150 migrants are sleeping in its dormitories and another 150 lie on thin mattresses spread across the floor of its chapel. Only six weeks into the year, the shelter known as “The 72” has hosted nearly 1,500 migrants, compared to 3,000 all of last year. It has halved its dormitory space due to the pandemic. That wasn’t a problem last year because few migrants arrived, but this year it’s been overwhelmed. “We have a tremendous flow and there isn’t capacity,” said Gabriel Romero, the priest who runs the shelter in Tenosique, a town in southern Tabasco state. “The situation could get out of control. We need a dialogue with all of the authorities before this becomes chaos.” In particular, he would like the...
    Bloomberg Ant Group’s valuation could fall further due to antitrust rules (Bloomberg) – Ant Group Co.’s valuation could be plummeting further with new measures proposed by China to curb market concentration in its online payments market, according to new estimates from Bloomberg Intelligence. Jack Ma-owned financial institution could be worth less than 700 billion yuan (US $ 108 billion) under the draft proposals, which could reduce the value of the Alipay service by 50%, according to Francis Chan, a senior analyst. Earlier this month, Chan lowered his valuation of Ant to less than 1 trillion yuan, from approximately 1.44 trillion yuan. “Ant Group’s valuation may fall further if its payment unit is forced to split because of to possible antitrust investigations by China’s central bank, “Chan wrote in an investigative note. The revised estimate for Ant is a far cry from valuations that reached $ 320 billion before the company...
    SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — Honduran migrants began walking toward the Guatemalan border before dawn Friday, driven by deepening poverty and the hope of a warmer reception if they can reach the United States border. They quickly dispersed along the heavily-trafficked highway to the border town of Agua Caliente, but estimates of their number ranged from 2,000 to more than twice that. Around 4 a.m., young men and entire families carrying sleeping children set out. Some quickly caught rides while others walked along the highway escorted by police. The previous evening, Santos Demetrio Pineda was one of those who showed up at the San Pedro Sula bus terminal with little more than the clothes on their backs for the long, unlikely journey, made that much harder by the coronavirus pandemic. “We lost everything in the hurricane,” said Pineda, referring to two Category 4 hurricanes that hit Honduras in...
    Law Enforcement officials in the U.S. and Central America announced the arrest of more than 700 violent gang members under a joint operation. Operation Regional Shield (ORS) led to the arrest of gang members in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras including members of MS-13 and the 18th Street gangs. Gang prosecutors and law enforcement investigators led an operation to charge and arrest members of transnational criminal organizations under an ongoing joint operation started by the Trump administration in 2017, according to information obtained from the U.S. Department of Justice. The combined effort led to charges being filed against more than 1,100 members of the criminal groups and the immediate arrest of more than 700 people throughout Central America. “The U.S. Department of Justice and our law enforcement partners in Central America are committed to continued collaboration in locating and arresting gang members and associates engaged in transnational crimes,” U.S. Attorney...
    JOCOTAN, Guatemala – The back-to-back hurricanes destroyed a small patch of corn that helped Tomasa Mendoza feed her five children in a tiny hamlet nestled in the impoverished mountains of eastern Guatemala. Even before the storms buried her crop in mud last month, Mendoza’s husband hadn’t worked for months after day-laboring coffee plantation jobs dried up during the coronavirus pandemic. With food increasingly scarce, the children cry from hunger and are losing weight. One has a cough that won’t go away. To survive, Mendoza is selling her chickens to buy grains of corn. She only has five hens left. Each will fetch $4. “When they are gone, I’ll have nothing,” said Mendoza, a thin 34-year-old who lives in the El Naranjo hamlet in Jocotan municipality, bordering Honduras. Jocotan sits in a Latin American region known as the Dry Corridor, which runs from southern Mexico and down to Panama, crossing parts...
    More On: droughts South Africa considers ‘dimming’ the sun to avoid running out of water Most of the US should expect warmer-than-normal winter, forecasters say Fall foliage in New England impacted by ‘extreme drought,’ recent storms Underwater and on fire: US climate change magnifies extremes JOCOTAN, Guatemala – The back-to-back hurricanes destroyed a small patch of corn that helped Tomasa Mendoza feed her five children in a tiny hamlet nestled in the impoverished mountains of eastern Guatemala. Even before the storms buried her crop in mud last month, Mendoza’s husband hadn’t worked for months after day-laboring coffee plantation jobs dried up during the coronavirus pandemic. With food increasingly scarce, the children cry from hunger and are losing weight. One has a cough that won’t go away. To survive, Mendoza is selling her chickens to buy grains of corn. She only has five hens left. Each will fetch $4. “When...
    (CNN)In better times, the verdant hills of Jinotega, Nicaragua, are carpeted with coffee cherries that yield a superior brew and provide a decent living for the region's farming families.In the wake of hurricanes Eta and Iota -- both of which struck Nicaragua as Category 4 storms earlier last month -- many of these coffee farms now lie in ruins, with uprooted trees, flooded fields and imperiled livelihoods. As I hear from our Lutheran World relief staff in Central America, the situation is dire. The agricultural damage is catastrophic, and the Red Cross estimates 3 million people have been affected by Eta and Iota, and hundreds of thousands have been displaced. Meanwhile, Covid-19 infections are on the rise. As the extent of the devastation becomes clearer, the US government needs to urgently approve and facilitate the rapid delivery of assistance to both the emergency response and recovery effort on the ground.Before...
    By Sofia Menchu and Stefanie Eschenbacher JOCOTAN, Guatemala (Reuters) - The back-to-back hurricanes destroyed a small patch of corn that helped Tomasa Mendoza feed her five children in a tiny hamlet nestled in the impoverished mountains of eastern Guatemala. Even before the storms buried her crop in mud last month, Mendoza's husband hadn't worked for months after day-laboring coffee plantation jobs dried up during the coronavirus pandemic. With food increasingly scarce, the children cry from hunger and are losing weight. One has a cough that won't go away. To survive, Mendoza is selling her chickens to buy grains of corn. She only has five hens left. Each will fetch $4. "When they are gone, I'll have nothing," said Mendoza, a thin 34-year-old who lives in the El Naranjo hamlet in Jocotan municipality, bordering Honduras. Jocotan sits in a Latin American region known as the Dry Corridor, which runs from southern...
    While President Donald Trump’s administration and Cabinet quite noticeably lack diversity, President-elect Joe Biden has already shown he plans to do better, from naming the first Black and Asian American woman to serve as vice president-elect to picking Black and Latino women to serve in several central roles in his administration. In keeping with Biden’s promise to select an administration that is as diverse as America is, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is expected to name Tina Flournoy, a Black woman who served as chief of staff to former President Bill Clinton, as her chief of staff, journalist Yashar Ali initially reported and CNN confirmed. Georgetown University listed Flournoy’s newest distinction in a bio for the Georgetown Law graduate before later removing the title, which the vice president-elect herself hasn’t yet announced. Flournoy, who’s had a decorated career in politics, served as assistant to the president for public policy at the American Federation of Teachers, a union representing more than...
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have brought criminal charges against more than 700 members of cross-border criminal organizations, primarily the MS-13 and 18th Street gangs, in a U.S.-assisted effort, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday. "The U.S. Department of Justice and our law enforcement partners in Central America are committed to continued collaboration in locating and arresting gang members and associates engaged in transnational crimes," said U.S. Attorney General William Barr, according to the statement. The charges resulted from a one-week coordinated law enforcement action under Operation Regional Shield (ORS), a DOJ-led initiative to combat transnational organized crime that brings together authorities from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and the United States. Tackling transnational human smuggling networks and gangs, including MS-13, is a top priority for U.S. President Donald Trump. Prosecutors in El Salvador this week filed criminal charges against 1,152 members of organized...
    El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have brought criminal charges against more than 700 members of cross-border criminal organizations, primarily the MS-13 and 18th Street gangs, in a U.S.-assisted effort, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday. "The U.S. Department of Justice and our law enforcement partners in Central America are committed to continued collaboration in locating and arresting gang members and associates engaged in transnational crimes," said U.S. Attorney General William Barr, according to the statement. The charges resulted from a one-week coordinated law enforcement action under Operation Regional Shield (ORS), a DOJ-led initiative to combat transnational organized crime that brings together authorities from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and the United States. Tackling transnational human smuggling networks and gangs, including MS-13, is a top priority for U.S. President Donald Trump. Prosecutors in El Salvador this week filed criminal charges against 1,152 members of organized crime groups in the...
    By Ismael Lopez | Reuters MANAGUA – Nicaragua suffered nearly $750 million in damage from Hurricanes Eta and Iota, the government said on Tuesday, as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) promised $1.7 billion in aid for millions of people affected across Central America. Nearly 44,000 homes suffered total or partial damage in Nicaragua, said Nicaraguan Finance Minister Ivan Acosta, estimating the storms have cost the country $743 million in losses, according to government media site El 19. Hurricane Eta alone impacted some 3 million people in seven Central American countries and caused up to $5.5 billion in damage, the IDB said, citing estimates from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Iota’s economic toll has yet to be calculated, said the IDB. The region was still recovering from deadly flooding and mudslides triggered by Eta when Iota walloped Central America. The IDB said on Monday it will...
    The United States will be devoting $17 million in humanitarian relief for the countries affected by Hurricanes Iota and Eta, storms that both reached Category 4 strength. Approximately 40 people died from Iota, and over 130 were reportedly killed from Eta, according to ABC News. Dozen were reported missing due to mudslides and floods. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the aid via Twitter on Saturday. "Our prayers are with the people of Central America and Colombia suffering from the impacts of Hurricanes Iota and Eta. The people of the U.S. are behind you," Pompeo wrote. "We are mobilizing U.S. military rescue craft and $17 million in humanitarian aid to assist and help save lives. Our prayers are with the people of Central America and Colombia suffering from the impacts of Hurricanes Iota and Eta. The people of the U.S. are behind you. We are mobilizing U.S. military...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Wildlife Rescue of Miami Dade County has rehabilitated six red-shouldered hawks. “They’re getting poisoned by eating rats or mice that have been poisoned by rodenticides that people use to kill rats and mice,” explained Lloyd Brown, the center’s director. “And when predatory animals eat those rats and mice, they get poisoned also.” Red-shouldered hawk in a bush. (CBS4) Brown said they received the hawks were brought to the center a couple weeks ago. “We’ve been rehabilitating them, getting them beyond their illness, their injury. And we rehabilitate them get make sure they’re ready to fly, they’re able to eat,” he said. “And today, they’re going back to the wild after they leave here.” Red-shouldered hawk at the Wildlife Rescue of Miami Dade County. (CBS4) Four of them were released Thursday just in time for their annual migration to Central America. CBS4 Photojournalist Peter Miranda was there...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Major relief efforts are underway in Central America following the devastation caused by Hurricanes Iota and Eta, on top of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. CBS4’s Hank Tester looked at one relief organization’s efforts and why most relief operations prefer cash contributions. Recent Hurricanes Eta and Iota killed at least 40 people and left thousands homeless in Central America. Linda Coello, President and Founder of Cepudo, a longtime Food For The Poor partner, says, “We were with COVID. That situation was real bad and now with Eta and Iota, things are getting real, real bad.” Coello’s organization is an in-country partner with Coconut Creek-based Food for the Poor, which has a track record in the Caribbean and Latin America with ongoing relief efforts. Ed Raine, President and Chief Executive Officer of Food For The Poor, says, “We have been in those countries for two decades or more.”...
    At least 26 people are dead in the wake of powerful Hurricane Iota, which is still delivering heavy rain and winds to Central America.Iota made landfall Monday night in Nicaragua, and though the storm is dissipating, the threat for heavy rain continues. The rainfall is expected to cause mudslides and life-threatening flash flooding and river flooding.In Nicaragua, at least 16 people died, including 12 of whom died in a landslide in Matagalpa, state-run Radio Nicaragua reported. Vice President Rosario Murillo also said two children died while trying to cross a river on Monday.In Bilwi, Nicaragua, there are "falling trees, electricity poles, roofs of houses that were blown up in the air and a hotel that lost its entire roof," SINAPRED's Director Guillermo González said.More than 114,000 homes have no power and over 47,000 are without water, the government said.You can see video of the destruction left in Iota's path in...
    PANAMA – At least 26 deaths and devastation left in Central America and the Caribbean tropical storm Iota, which dissipated this Wednesday after hitting part of the region like a powerful hurricane, the second in two weeks. More floods, mudslides and thousands of evacuees occurred because of Iota in a fragile Central America, with soils saturated with water after the passage of Eta two weeks ago, which caused at least 144 deaths, 120 disappeared, three million people affected, thousands still in shelters, as well as destruction of infrastructure and crops. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) of the United States indicated that the remnants of Iota can produce, until Thursday, additional accumulations of rain of up to 8 inches in Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador and southern Belize. Iota arrived in Nicaragua on Monday night as a category 5 hurricane, the maximum possible, and caused the...
    PANAMA – At least 26 deaths and devastation left in Central America and the Caribbean tropical storm Iota, which dissipated this Wednesday after hitting part of the region like a powerful hurricane, the second in two weeks. More floods, mudslides and thousands of evacuees occurred because of Iota in a fragile Central America, with soils saturated with water after the passage of Eta two weeks ago, which caused at least 144 deaths, 120 disappeared, three million people affected, thousands still in shelters, as well as destruction of infrastructure and crops. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) of the United States indicated that the remnants of Iota can produce, until Thursday, additional accumulations of rain of up to 8 inches in Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador and southern Belize. Iota arrived in Nicaragua on Monday night as a category 5 hurricane, the maximum possible, and caused the...
    PANAMA – At least 26 deaths and devastation left in Central America and the Caribbean tropical storm Iota, which dissipated this Wednesday after hitting part of the region like a powerful hurricane, the second in two weeks. More floods, mudslides and thousands of evacuees occurred because of Iota in a fragile Central America, with soils saturated with water after the passage of Eta two weeks ago, which caused at least 144 deaths, 120 disappeared, three million people affected, thousands still in shelters, as well as destruction of infrastructure and crops. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) of the United States indicated that the remnants of Iota can produce, until Thursday, additional accumulations of rain of up to 8 inches in Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador and southern Belize. Iota arrived in Nicaragua on Monday night as a category 5 hurricane, the maximum possible, and caused the...
    Iota's death toll rose to 38 Wednesday after the year's biggest Atlantic storm unleashed mudslides, tore apart buildings and left thousands homeless across Central America, revisiting areas devastated by another hurricane just two weeks ago. Iota plowed through the coast packing furious winds of 155 mph on Monday evening, and forecasters have warned of more "life-threatening" conditions despite clearing conditions. Winds had slowed to 30 miles per hour by Wednesday morning and the storm was dissipating, forecasters from the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. But forecasters warned that parts of Central America would face "life-threatening flash flooding" through Thursday, with heavy rains expected from Iota's tail. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox "Flooding and mudslides across portions of Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala could be exacerbated by saturated soils in place, resulting in significant to potentially catastrophic impacts," the NHC said. On November 18, 2020, a...
    Thousands of people have been affected by the passage of hurricanes Eta and Iota on the Atlantic coast of Honduras and Nicaragua. That is why the Central American communities of South Florida have mobilized to help the victims in those sister countries. Donations of food, medicine and clothing are received at 1520 NW 79 Ave. in Doral, all week from 7 am to 4 pm. For donations of cash, the American-Nicaraguan Foundation (ANF) has made the following accounts available:
    A powerful Hurricane Iota made landfall on the coast of Nicaragua late Monday, sparking warnings of a life-threatening storm surge and flash flooding in a region recently battered by Hurricane Eta. The hurricane made landfall as a Category 4 storm along the coast of Northeastern Nicaragua at 10:40 pm EST Monday. Iota had sustained winds near 155 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center, which described the storm as “extremely dangerous.” Iota became a Category 5 hurricane earlier on Monday, before weakening to a Category 4 prior to landfall. In a 7 a.m. EST advisory Tuesday, forecasters warned that Iota is expected to produce flash flooding, landslides, life-threatening storm surge, and powerful winds across parts of Central America. HURRICANE IOTA, CATEGORY 4 STORM, MAKES LANDFALL ON NICARAGUA COAST The hurricane made landfall approximately 15 miles south of where Hurricane Eta made landfall on Nov. 3, sparking concern about its impact in regions already...
    By Wilmer Lopez PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua (Reuters) - Hurricane Iota sent zinc roofing flying into the streets, toppled electricity poles and flayed palm trees as its core approached a remote Central American coast on Tuesday, the second giant storm to tear at the area this month. Iota reached northeastern Nicaragua late on Monday with sustained winds of nearly 155 miles per hour (250 kmh). It is expected to weaken after moving westward into neighboring Honduras, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Puerto Cabezas, still partly flooded and strewn with debris from the force of Hurricane Eta two weeks ago, again bore the brunt of the storm. Frightened residents huddled in shelters and worried about food and their lives. "We could die," said Inocencia Smith, in a shelter in the town of about 40,000 people. "There is nothing to eat at all," she said, adding that the area's farms were...
    After Hurricane Etta, on November 7, volunteer firefighters prayed before launching a search and rescue operation in San Cristobal Verapas, Guatemala. Moises Castillo / A.P. Hide the title Change the title Moises Castillo / A.P. After Hurricane Etta, on November 7, volunteer firefighters prayed before launching a search and rescue operation in San Cristobal Verapas, Guatemala. Moises Castillo / A.P. Their response to Hurricane Eta has already extended relief organizations preparing for a second devastating storm in Central America in several weeks. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Typhoon Iota will cause landslides in Nicaragua on Monday night, accompanied by catastrophic winds and rain. By 1 p.m., Iota will be blowing at a maximum speed of 160 mph. Of the NHC Description Type 5 storm damage “will destroy large numbers of structured houses,...
    Hurricane Iota continues to strengthen rapidly in the Caribbean as it approaches Nicaragua and Honduras, areas that were just battered by Hurricane Eta earlier this month. "Iota is expected to continue to rapidly intensify and could possibly be a catastrophic category 5 hurricane when it approaches the coast of Central America tonight," the National Hurricane Center wrote in a Monday update. "Extreme winds and a life-threatening storm surge are expected along portions of the coast of northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras, where a hurricane warning is in effect." #Hurricane #Iota has rapidly strengthened overnight and now has 155 mph (245 km/h) sustained winds. It could reach category 5 status later today before making landfall with 12-18 feet of storm surge. More on this exceptionally dangerous situation: https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB pic.twitter.com/gNGzvJlPUe— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) November 16, 2020 An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft and crew made a 10-hour round-trip flight into the...
    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A fast-strengthening Hurricane Iota became a very dangerous Category 4 storm as it swept over the western Caribbean early Monday, approaching the same part of Central America battered by a similarly powerful Hurricane Eta just over a week ago. Forecasters said Iota’s maximum sustained winds had reached 155 mph (245 kph), and were growing stronger, potentially making for a catastrophic Category 5 hurricane by the time it reaches the coast. Authorities warned that Iota would probably come ashore over areas where Eta’s torrential rains saturated the soil, leaving it prone to new landslides and floods, and that the storm surge could reach a shocking 12 to 18 feet 3.6 to 5.5 meters) above normal tides. Evacuations were being conducted from low-lying areas in Nicaragua and Honduras near their shared border, which appeared to be Iota’s likely landfall. Winds and rain were already being felt on the...
    By GABRIELA SELSER, Associated Press MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A fast-strengthening Hurricane Iota is sweeping over the western Caribbean and predicted to become a very dangerous Category 4 storm as it heads for the same part of Central American battered by a similarly powerful Hurricane Eta just over a week ago. Evacuations were being conducted from low-lying areas in Nicaragua and Honduras near their shared border, which appeared to be Iota's likely landfall. Winds and rain were already being felt on the Nicaraguan coast Sunday night. Iota became a hurricane early Sunday and rapidly gained power, and was expected to pass over or near Colombia's Providencia island during the night . The U.S. National Hurricane Center warned it would probably reach Category 4 strength as it approached the Central America mainland late Monday. The hurricane center said Iota had maximum sustained winds of 105 mph (165 kph) late Sunday. It...
    Banana field workers come across a flooded road while evacuating in Honduras on November 14 before the arrival of Hurricane Iota. Orlando Sierra/AFP via Getty Images According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Iota is expected to bring "potentially catastrophic winds, a life-threatening storm surge, and extreme rainfall" to parts of Central America in the coming days.  The NHC projected the storm will reach parts of Nicaragua and Honduras on Monday night or Tuesday morning, bringing winds of up to 130 mph.  The storm comes less than two weeks after Hurricane Eta ravaged the region, destroying towns and leaving many dead or missing.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Hurricane Iota is quickly gathering strength and expected to make landfall in Central America in the coming days, less than two weeks after Hurricane Eta ravaged the region.  According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm is expected...
    By Sofia Menchu GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - As Tropical Storm Iota barrels toward Central America, eight people were killed or reported missing in a landslide in Guatemala, authorities said on Saturday, in the latest disaster triggered by this year's unprecedented hurricane season. Iota is expected to intensify to hurricane strength or just short of it by the time it smashes into the jungles of the Miskito Coast of Nicaragua and Honduras on Monday, even as Central America is still recovering from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Eta two weeks ago. Eta sparked floods and mudslides that killed scores of people across a huge swath of terrain stretching from Panama to southern Mexico. No area was harder hit than the central Guatemalan region of Alta Verapaz, where a mountain partly collapsed onto the village of Queja, killing and burying alive dozens of residents. Early on Saturday morning, Guatemalan authorities said a...
    MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Iota forms in the Caribbean and is expected to become a hurricane as it approaches Central America. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    (CNN)Central America's battle with Hurricane Eta could leave some countries scarred for generations. Eta made landfall in the region last week as a Category 4 hurricane. High winds were always expected, but the storm hovered for days over Nicaragua, Honduras, and Guatemala, seemingly unwilling to leave three countries extremely ill-equipped to handle the disaster. Torrential rainfall came in unceasing waves and the subsequent flooding wiped entire communities off the map. Dozens of people in the remote Guatemalan village of San Cristobal are still missing after a landslide swept through last week, leaving mud 50 feet deep in some places. Some of their relatives already think their loved ones are gone.Read MoreTropical Storm Eta brings strong winds to west coast of Florida ahead of landfall"There was a great tragedy here," village resident Roland Calchak told Reuters. "I lost 23 members of my family. My father, my mother, my wife, my three...
    Dozens have been killed and houses have been buried in up to 50ft of mud after a huge landslide in Guatemala brought about by Hurricane Eta. Rescue teams are desperately searching for more than 100 missing people, with 21 confirmed dead as the storm continues to batter Central America.    Eta's torrential downpours toppled trees, engorged swift-moving rivers, and ripped down parts of a mountainside above the village of Queja in the central Guatemalan region of Alta Verapaz, burying dozens of people in their homes.  The tropical storm is now heading towards Cuba and the southern tip of Florida, with further destruction expected. Rescue workers search for victims of a musdlide caused by the passage of Hurricane Eta in the village of Queja, in San Cristobal Verapaz, Guatemala An injured man is carried on a stretcher after the storm battered Central America, killing dozens and injuring many more ...
    Entertainment : HAVANA, Nov 7 (.) – The Cuban Institute of Meteorology warned on Saturday of torrential rains and floods mainly in the central region of the island, as tropical depression Eta advanced towards the Caribbean country en route to Florida after causing the last week more than 70 deaths in Central America. Eta could become a tropical storm again over the warm waters of the Caribbean before making landfall on the southern coast of central Cuba overnight this Saturday, the Institute said, warning of abundant coastal flooding and winds of between 80 and 100 kilometers per hour. Floods could be a problem in general, added the Institute, as the fields of Cuba were already saturated after the heavy rains of recent times. Eta could dump more than 300 millimeters of water in the central and mountainous regions of the country. “As the ground...
    HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's meteorology office warned on Saturday of torrential rain and flooding as Tropical Depression Eta churned northwards towards the Caribbean island, and on track to Florida, after killing more than 70 people in Central America last week. Eta could strengthen back into a tropical storm over the warm Caribbean waters before making landfall on the southern coast of central Cuba overnight, the office said, warning of coastal flooding and winds of 80-100 km per hour. Flooding could be a problem more broadly, it said, given Cuba was already waterlogged in the wake of heavy rains of late and Eta could potentially dump more than 300mm of water on central and mountainous regions. "As the ground is already saturated, any additional rain could provoke inundations especially in mountainous areas and along the rivers," Cuba's best known meteorologist Jose Rubiera said on the Friday evening news broadcast on state-run...
    (CNN)Tropical Depression Eta has reentered the Caribbean Sea and is on its way to Cuba but left in its wake terrible destruction and devastation in Guatemala and the Honduras.At least 50 people are dead in Guatemala due to landslides and flooding caused by the storm, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei said late Thursday.The scenes out of the country are heartbreaking. People leaving their flooded homes, walking to safety in waist deep water, some carrying the few belongings they were able to save. In Puerto Barrios, a man was seen carrying a dog to safety in the floodwaters, while others were sitting on higher ground outside their flooded homes."This morning we counted four deaths; That figure has now risen to over 50 deaths due to the mudslides happening in the area of Huehuetenango and San Cristóbal," Giammattei said.The catastrophic rainfall caused deadly mudslides, leaving at least 25 homes buried in the central...
    GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Dozens of people are possibly buried in their homes in central Guatemala, local officials said on Thursday, after torrential rains unleashed by former Hurricane Eta inundated large swathes of Central America over the past couple of days. Guatemala's disaster relief agency Conred said in a statement that 15 homes in the town of San Cristobal Verapaz, located about 120 miles (193 km) north of Guatemala City, have "probably" been covered by mudslides, possibly affecting some 75 people. Eta, which as since weakened to a tropical depression, has dumped heavy rains and caused catastrophic flooding in Central America, killing at least 18 people and turning streets into waist-high water channels. (Reporting by Sofia Menchu; Writing by David Alire Garcia; Editing by David Gregorio) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Nicaragua, Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala, floods, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica
    (CNN)Parts of Central America could still see life-threatening flash flooding as Tropical Depression Eta pummels the region with rain before heading toward the US coast.Eta might have weakened to 35 mph winds, but the lingering tropical depression is still forecast to dump more than 3 feet of rain in some areas.An additional 30 inches of rainfall is still possible for parts of Honduras, Guatemala and Belize, and El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and southeastern Mexico could see another 20 inches in some areas.Eta made landfall along the coast of Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane Tuesday afternoon, devastating the region. At least one death was reported, and more than 2,000 people were evacuated in Honduras, the country's Permanent Contingency Commission said on Wednesday. The storm destroyed five bridges, 14 roads and 339 homes, the commission reported. The storm weakened quickly, dropping to a tropical depression by Wednesday evening. And it...
    Election season may be nearing an end but the 2020 hurricane season is still in full swing as the 28th named storm of the season, Tropical Storm Eta, continues to wreak havoc as it lashes Central America.  Although Eta is weakening over land it is expected to head into the Caribbean on Friday and make a turn for the northeast.  Some models show the weather system reorganizing over the Caribbean Sea and heading straight for the Florida Straits.  Eta is expected to regain strength over the Caribbean Sea and could approach South Florida this weekend after bringing flooding rainfall to Central America Eta will continue to weaken as it moves over Central America on Thursday. Over the weekend, the storm is expected to track towards the northeast It is possible the storm could strike Cuba on Sunday and South Florida by Monday.  Should Eta make landfall in the U.S., it would...
    Late-season Category 4 Hurricane Eta is set to make landfall in Central America on Tuesday, bringing strong winds and "life-threatening" flooding. The National Weather Service urged people in the path of Hurricane Eta to seek shelter. The service warned of flash floods, catastrophic winds, landslides, and the possibility of up to three feet of rainfall in a statement released on Oct. 30. Eta was nearing Category 5 designation on Tuesday. "This rainfall will lead to catastrophic, life-threatening flash flooding and river flooding, along with landslides in areas of higher terrain of Central America," read the statement. "Flash flooding and river flooding will be possible across Jamaica, southeast Mexico, El Salvador, southern Haiti, and the Cayman Islands." On Tuesday morning, Puerto Cabezas resident Carmen Enriquez told Reuters that she was "afraid" of the damage the storm could bring. "There are fallen poles, there's flooding, roofs torn off," Enriquez said. ...
    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Dangerously powerful Hurricane Eta churned toward Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast with potentially devastating winds, while heavy rains thrown off by its storm bands already were causing rivers to overflow across Central America. The Category 4 hurricane had sustained winds of 150 mph (240 kph), and the U.S. National Hurricane Center warned that Eta could strengthen further, perhaps reaching Category 5, before making landfall early Tuesday. It was centered about 45 miles (75 kilometers) east of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, late Monday and moving west-southwest at 7 mph (11 kph). Authorities in Nicaragua and Honduras moved people from outer islands and low-lying areas to shelters. Residents scrambled to shore up their homes, but few structures along Nicaragua’s remote Caribbean coast were built to withstand such force. Nicaragua’s army moved red-helmeted troops specialized in search and rescue to Bilwi, the main coastal city in an otherwise remote and sparsely populated...
    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Dangerously powerful Hurricane Eta churned toward Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast with potentially devastating winds, while heavy rains thrown off by its storm bands already were causing rivers to overflow across Central America. The Category 4 hurricane had sustained winds of 150 mph (240 kph), and the U.S. National Hurricane Center warned that Eta could strengthen further, perhaps reaching Category 5, before making landfall early Tuesday. It was centered about 45 miles (75 kilometers) east of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, late Monday and moving west-southwest at 7 mph (11 kph). Authorities in Nicaragua and Honduras moved people from outer islands and low-lying areas to shelters. Residents scrambled to shore up their homes, but few structures along Nicaragua’s remote Caribbean coast were built to withstand such force. Nicaragua’s army moved red-helmeted troops specialized in search and rescue to Bilwi, the main coastal city in an otherwise remote and sparsely populated...
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    MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Eta forms in Caribbean Sea, forecasters say; slated to bring heavy rain, wind, storm surge to Central America. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    A U.S. Customs and Border Protection canine broke up a human smuggling attempt on a highway in Texas, helping the agents detain 100 undocumented immigrants who were unlawfully in the country. CBP said through a press release that agents on Interstate Highway 35 stopped the tractor trailer as it approached the checkpoint site Wednesday afternoon. Following the initial search of a United States citizen operating the truck, the Border Patrol service dog alerted the agents and led them to the trailer where a secondary inspection took place. Pictured above are the 100 undocumented immigrants from Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala who were found hiding inside a tractor trailer that was stopped on a highway by CBP agents Wednesday in Laredo, Texas CBP broke the lock to the pickup truck after a service canine led them to the trailer, where the Border Patrol agents discovered 100 undocumented immigrants Wednesday CBP's...
    Oscar-nominated director Sebastian Junger and Emmy-winning producer Nick Quested were accused of being undercover cops by violent drug runners while filming their National Geographic doc “Blood on the Wall.” The film delves into the lives of Central American families risking everything to migrate to the US while traffickers move drugs and money across the same border. At a virtual premiere and panel for the film, Junger and Quested revealed, “We were in a super-sketchy area to meet two guys in a motel room who were awaiting cash for a drug shipment. We were chatting while the camera was on … And these guys were doing a little blow, smoking weed, more blow, more weed, again and again over three hours. The money was meant to turn up, but then they heard the money got detoured. Right after that, a helicopter spotlight completely lit up this sketchy motel filled with...
    Oscar-nominated director Sebastian Junger and Emmy-winning producer Nick Quested were accused of being undercover cops by violent drug runners while filming their National Geographic doc “Blood on the Wall.” The film delves into the lives of Central American families risking everything to migrate to the US while traffickers move drugs and money across the same border. At a virtual premiere and panel for the film, Junger and Quested revealed, “We were in a super-sketchy area to meet two guys in a motel room who were awaiting cash for a drug shipment. We were chatting while the camera was on … And these guys were doing a little blow, smoking weed, more blow, more weed, again and again over three hours. The money was meant to turn up, but then they heard the money got detoured. Right after that, a helicopter spotlight completely lit up this sketchy motel filled with dealers....
    ORLANDO, Fla. – Each year, Americans observe Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 celebrating contributions, histories and deep ties in the community that have shaped much of the nation’s landscape today. The month is meant to recognize the cultures that stem from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America. Hispanic Heritage Month starts in mid-September -- and it’s for a symbolic reason. Many Central American countries declared their independence Sept. 15, with Mexico and Chile celebrating their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively. Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes all of those independence days as they paved the way for the United States to interact with the individual nations in a new way.September 15: Central American Independence DaysThe start date was chosen to honor the anniversary of independence of five Hispanic countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, all of which declared...
    (CNN)A vigorous tropical disturbance has become Tropical Storm Nana in the Caribbean, says the National Hurricane Center.The storm has sustained 50 mph winds that extend 80 miles from the center, with even higher wind gusts. The storm is about 120 miles south-southeast of Jamacia and is moving in the general direction of Belize. It was still more than 600 miles from Belize City early Tuesday afternoon. "On the forecast track, Nana will be moving near but north of the coast of Honduras on Wednesday and likely be approaching the coast of Belize on Thursday," the NHC said. Belize and Honduras have issued tropical storm watches.Read MoreHonduras has watches for its coastal region near the Guatemala border, Roatan Island and the Bay Islands. The Belize watch covers its entire coast."Despite the system only having 36-48 hours before moving into Belize, there are models that bring it to Category 1 hurricane strength...
    America is in "good shape" to return SpaceX's first Crew Dragon spacecraft back to Earth, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told Fox News on Saturday. In an interview on "Cavuto LIVE,"  Bridenstine said his agency would make the determination with the SpaceX team later today. NASA ASTRONAUTS DOUG HURLEY AND BOB BEHNKEN PREPARE FOR HISTORIC RETURN TO EARTH IN SPACEX CAPSULE "And if it's a thumbs up, then we'll be looking forward to undocking at about 6:34 P.M. Central Time -- Central Time because Houston is Central Time. And then, we'll be bringing them home," he said. NASA astronauts Doug Hurley (right) and Bob Behnken (second right) after boarding the International Space Station, where they were welcomed by fellow astronaut and Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy (center) and Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin (left) and Ivan Vagner (second left). (NASA TV) The two astronauts that blasted off to the International Space Station (ISS) in the first-ever private space vehicle, Doug Hurley and...
    Coronavirus — The management of the Ortega regime in the face of the Covid-19 emergency is the second worst rated in Central America, second only to Honduras, according to the survey called “El Covid in Central America”, carried out by the consulting firm Borge y Asociados, between April 20 and on June 19. In addition, 60.3 percent of respondents in Nicaragua, the highest in the region, perceive that the country is going in the wrong direction. Only 17.8 percent consider that Nicaragua is heading down the right path. On the opposite side, the best evaluated in Central America is the government of Nayib Bukele. 75.4 percent of Salvadoran respondents consider that matters in their country are going in the right direction. The Borge y Asociados survey collects the opinions of 1,246 people who were consulted by telephone in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama, to find...
    Coronavirus — With COVID-19 hitting hard in popular neighborhoods, Central America experienced its second consecutive week of record-breaking cases and deaths from the new coronavirus, which is forcing it to slow economic revival in the region. With restrictions on mobility and economic closings of varying intensity, six Central American countries this week added more than 13,100 cases and 281 deaths, to accumulate 59,885 infections and 1,564 deaths, with overload alerts from health systems that have always faced problems. Some 50 million people live in Central America, the vast majority poor, dependent on the informal economy or on money remittances from family members abroad, which are already beginning to decline. Families in Guatemala and El Salvador take white handkerchiefs at their homes to ask for food, while in Panama and Honduras there have been peaceful protests demanding food or claiming that state aid is not forthcoming. MORE RECORD FIGURES Panama,...
    A tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico is forecast to become a tropical storm Tuesday, bringing heavy rains and life-threatening flash flooding to parts of southern Mexico and Central America. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said the tropical depression was centered Tuesday morning about 125 miles west of Campeche, Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. It was moving west at only 3 mph. "Slow strengthening is expected during the next couple of days, and the depression is forecast to become a tropical storm later today," the NHC said. "An Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the system later this morning." 2020 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON MAY BE 'EXTREMELY ACTIVE,' WITH 13 TO 19 NAMED STORMS, NOAA SAYS The next storm that develops this season will be named Cristobal. Tropical Depression Three is slowly moving over the Bay of Campeche, bringing life-threatening rains. (Fox News) The NHC said the depression is forecast...
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