Hurricane Julia left at least 26 dead and four missing in Central America, according to official reports.

The storm, which gradually weakened as it reached Nicaragua on Sunday and completely dissipated over Guatemala, left destruction and flooding in its wake.

According to the American hurricane tracking center (CNH), rains could still cause damage in these countries and in southern Mexico;


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Five soldiers killed in El Salvador

In El Salvador, ten people died.

Five soldiers who were taking part in the relief operations lost their lives about thirty kilometers southwest of the capital San Salvador.

A wall against which they had sheltered from the weather collapsed, said Salvadoran Minister of Justice and Security Gustavo Villatoro.

"At least two people died buried", also by the fall of a wall in the city of Guatajiagua, added the local police;

while two other weather-related deaths were recorded in the south-west of the country.

Honduras and Guatemala also affected

In Honduras, the mayor of Brus Laguna (a city located in the west of the country), indicated that two people had died of drowning after the capsizing of their canoe, carried away by the waves swollen by the rains of Julia.

Another person has been missing since the accident.

In Guatemala, 14 people lost their lives.

In the north of the country, five members of the same family were buried in the rubble of their house in an indigenous village where a landslide occurred, according to the civil protection services (Conred).

According to this source, two men are also missing after being swept away by a river.

Julia is the second hurricane of the season to affect Central America after Bonnie in July, along the border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

At the end of 2020, hurricanes Eta and Iota had caused the death of at least 200 people and as many missing, and damage estimated at several million dollars.


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