MANAGUA – At least 11 people have died and seven others were missing in Nicaragua on Thursday as a result of heavy rainfall and high winds brought by tropical storm Nate.
Nicaraguan Vice President and First Lady Rosario Murillo said that 10 people had died on Thursday, including three people who were dragged under by strong current in the north of the country.
According a National System of Prevention and Attention to Disasters (Sinapred) preliminary report, a truck carrying 17 people was washed away by an overflowing river in San Juan de Limay, leaving three dead, Murillo said.
Out of the 11 total deaths reported so far, 10 have been killed by floods, while one person died at sea.
A further seven people were missing, the report said.
Tropical storm Nate struck Nicaragua on Thursday, bringing maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kilometers per hour), with some isolated areas of the country could see as much as 30 inches of rainfall, the US National Hurricane Center said.
While Nate’s center was over eastern Honduras on Thursday evening, a tropical storm warning was still in effect for northeastern Nicaragua.
The NHC forecast Nate to move north-northwest at a speed of 10 mph over eastern Honduras and the northwestern Caribbean Sea on Thursday night and Friday.
Nate could reach hurricane strength by Friday night as it approaches the Yucatan peninsula.
The storm has killed a total 22 more people in Central America, including seven in Costa Rica, which has incurred serious structural damage and forced 5,000 people into shelters.