Tropical Storm Nate leaves at least 3 dead in Honduras

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-07 05:20:50|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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TEGUCIGALPA, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- Tropical Storm Nate left Honduran territory on Friday, leaving at least three people dead and 27 families driven out of their homes, according to aid agencies.

Honduras' Permanent Commission for Contingencies (Copeco) maintained a yellow alert in 16 of 18 departments, as rivers burst banks and infrastructure was damaged.

On Thursday afternoon, two people were dragged under by the rapid rise of a river in the southern department of Valle. Another was found dead in the department of Choluteca while at least three more were missing.

At least 27 families have lost their homes in the southern town of Nacaome and San Lorenzo, according to Copeco.

However, these statistics are expected to rise since several southern towns have been cut off by the river Choluteca.

Three separate landslides also cut off sections of the highway linking Tegucigalpa to the south of the country on Thursday.

Nate is now heading for the Mexican peninsula of Yucatan, having left at least 23 people dead and 27 missing across the Central America.

At 10 a.m. on Friday, it was 280 km southeast of the tourist island of Cozumel and 345 km east of the city of Chetumal, on the Atlantic coast.

It currently had maximum sustained winds of 85 km/h and gusts of up to 100 km/h.

It is set to hit the coast of Quintana Roo and Yucatan on Friday afternoon, dropping intense rains of about 75-150 milliliters and the government has announced a yellow alert.