Atleast nine killed as Storm Otto hits Costa Rica

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Nearly nine people died and thousand others were evacuated as storm Otto hits Nicaragua and Costa Rica with hurricane-force winds and torrential rains. On Thursday, Otto strikes into the southeastern Nicaragua.

The reports revealed that nine people were died and many others were badly affected due to the heavy rains in some areas near the Nicaraguan border. Some 255 communities were affected, with over 5,500 people housed in 50 shelters across the country, the CNE said.

On Monday, Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis ordered three days of mourning.

“Otto leaves us in a very difficult situation, both for the country and for all of us,” said Carlos Alberto Volio. “The recovery is going to be very hard.” He added.

On the other hand, No casualties have been reported in Nicaragua. The effect of the storm in Nicargua was not much powerful; the city has faced limited damage.

 “It was a relief for us,” said William Salmeron, a 39-year-old businessman in the city. “I wasn’t scared, just the normal fear you need to have with hurricanes.” He added.

The local authorities said, “The sun shone in Bluefields on Friday, and people went shopping in the market. Down by the shore, others took their boats out of storage and down to the water. Across Nicaragua, people in evacuation shelters were making their way home.”

On Thursday, an earthquake of magnitude 7.0 struck a few hundred miles away near Puerto El Triunfo, El Salvador. No casualties and no damage have been reported yet.