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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