Just two weeks agio Hurricane Eta devastated large portions of Central America with strong winds, heavy rain, mudslides, and storm surge. But there was no rest for the storm-battered region, as Hurricane Iota made landfall in Nicaragua this week as a category 4 hurricane. Iota’s landfall was just 15 miles to the north of Eta’s.
Tragically, 16 people were killed by Iota in Nicaragua alone. The combined rainfall between Eta and Iota was more than one year’s average rainfall for some locations. Meanwhile in Honduras, Ramon Villeda Morales International Airport, the country’s largest, is expected to remain closed until mid-December due to extensive damage.