Otago Daily Times

Iota death toll mounts


Tegu­ci­galpa/Mex­ico City: Au­thor­i­ties in Cen­tral Amer­ica re­cov­ered more bod­ies yes­ter­day from land­slips trig­gered by hur­ri­cane Iota, which bat­tered the im­pov­er­ished re­gion this week.

The num­ber of re­ported deaths rose to more than 40 across Cen­tral Amer­ica and Colom­bia, and the toll is ex­pected to rise as res­cue work­ers reach iso­lated com­mu­ni­ties. Most of the deaths oc­curred in Nicaragua and Hon­duras.

Hon­duran Pres­i­dent Juan Or­lando Her­nan­dez is­sued an ur­gent plea for in­ter­na­tional help.

‘‘We are in a sit­u­a­tion of great calamity and we need the world to help us re­build our coun­try,’’ he told a news con­fer­ence. — Reuters

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