Update: Central America’s Death, Injury and Missing Persons Tolls Climb Higher
Agatha, the tropical storm that recently tore through parts of Central America, has now claimed 177 lives: 152 in Guatemala, 16 in Honduras, and 9 in El Salvador.
In addition to the rising death toll, 100 people are missing in Guatemala and an additional 87 are wounded. Almost 125,000 people have been evacuated at this point, though only 74,000 of them are living in shelters. Oh, and not to forget the volcano eruption that happened prior to the storm, 3 people were crushed to death by rocks from the volcanic activity.
As for Honduras, about 12,000 people were evacuated, but only 3,200 of them are living in shelters. The storm damaged 700 homes and completely destroyed an additional 140 of them.
It would seem El Salvador is the only nation seeing a bit of improvement in their situation, as the river levels have finally started to go down.
More updates will be posted as they happen.
By Heidi Marshall