Tropical Storm Bonnie only left material damage and no deaths directly as it passed through Nicaragua, the Nicaraguan authorities reported Monday in their report on the effects of the cyclone, after impacting the national territory last weekend.
“We had approximately 352 home floods. Partial damage, which was within what was expected,” said the director of the state National System for Disaster Prevention, Mitigation and Attention (Sinapred), Guillermo González, through government media.
“We can say that we had no human damage that can be directly attributed to the impact, or to traffic, or to the exit of the phenomenon,” he said.
The day before, the official media, the only ones with access to Sinapred information, had reported the death of at least four people after Bonnie passed, all identified and confirmed by the municipal authorities, in overflowing rivers.
The director of Sinapred explained that the main damages were roof detachments in homes and in five schools, falling trees, and damage to crops that have not been quantified.
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Bonnie crossed the extreme south of Nicaragua from east to west between Friday night and Saturday morning last week, with heavy rains and maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h.
In November 2020, Nicaragua was hit by hurricanes Eta and Iota, which hit the Caribbean area with category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, with a maximum of 5, with a difference of 13 days between them.
The Government of Nicaragua reported two deaths after the passage of both hurricanes. The Nicaraguan Red Cross reported three. While the Blue and White Monitoring multidisciplinary group counted 28, most in a landslide that occurred in the north of the country.
The impact of tropical cyclones in the Nicaraguan Caribbean, over 500 km long, occurs relatively frequently, since, according to the combined records of the Nicaraguan Institute for Territorial Studies (Ineter) and the National Hurricane Center (NHC), of United States, since 1892 at least 55 of these phenomena have invaded Nicaragua when entering through said coast.