On Saturday, July 2, Isaac Paiz Castillo disappeared on the banks of the Waslala river when he was on his way to protect his children from the heavy rains caused by the passage of tropical storm Bonnie in Nicaragua. His relatives request support from the citizens of the area to find Paiz’s body.
The information handled by his relatives is that the 41-year-old man tried to cross the Martínez channel, in the Waslala River, when he unfortunately lost his life, but that so far they have not found his body, for that reason they request the support of the inhabitants of the area and its surroundings.
The victim was going to protect his children who were without anyone in charge, a situation that led him to desperately cross the river despite the strong currents; so he used a support rope, but the force of the river dragged his body away. The family requests that if they see a body floating they call the authorities.
Bonnie made landfall Friday night on the Caribbean coast of southern Nicaragua and moved northwest across the country to the Pacific coast near El Salvador. In Nicaragua, four deaths were recorded who were swept away by rivers that grew rapidly due to heavy rains.
One of the victims, Juan Carlos Alemán Mendoza, 43, was rescuing passengers from a local bus that had been swept away by floodwaters, local media reported.
Another man, identified as Alberto Flores, died when he tried to cross the Matiz River on his horse. The religious pastor Martín Martínez Gadea had the same fate in the El Toro river, in San José de Bocay (north), and Santiago López disappeared when he was swept away by the current of the El Rama river.
In Nueva Guinea (southeast), 12 people were injured when the bus they were traveling in left the road, because the rain prevented the driver, Víctor López, from observing a curve, according to witnesses. The driver reportedly went out looking for help and has not been found.
In addition, thousands of people throughout Nicaragua were left without electricity and drinking water. According to forecasters, a very active hurricane season is expected this year.