(CMR) The local community with ties to Nicaragua is having a meeting on Tuesday evening for all Nicaraguan nationals and others who wish to assist with the recovery efforts for that country. The planning meeting will be held at Lion's Centre at 6:00 p.m.
This meeting will be aimed at organizing relief efforts for the country after it was hit by two major hurricanes less than two weeks apart.
On Tuesday, November 3 Hurricane Eta impacted Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane at 149 mph causing massive flooding, landslides and structural damage to schools, hospitals and homes. Public services including access to drinking water, electricity and telecommunications have all been negatively impacted.
Large cropping areas were also devastated by flooding with the loss of crops heading into the 2021 farming season. Additionally, 250,000 people were directly impacted by the passage of this first hurricane with thousands left homeless.
Hurricane Iota passed over the country a week ago on November 17 killing at least six people and dozens missing in the already devasted country. The Caribbean town of Bilwi received the brunt of this storm and toppled utility poles. Nicaragua's vice-president said the storm caused “catastrophic” damage and was the most storm to ever hit the country.
The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season was one for the record books with 30 named storms and 13 hurricanes. Six of them had the potential to cause significant loss of life and damage.
Anyone interested in assisting should attend tomorrow evening's meeting.