Hurricane Eta - Guatemala
Hurricane Eta first hit Nicaragua on 3rd November as a major hurricane with winds of 140mph and torrential rains. It then weakened into a tropical depression as it moved into neighbouring Honduras and later Guatemala. The storm is still regaining strength as it moves over Cuba and heads to Florida Keys.
There are around 150 people feared dead in Guatemala, 100 of them being killed by devastating landslides. Approximately 12,000 people are currently without a home across the North Eastern states. The President, Alejandro Giammattei, said rescue efforts are limited by the country having only one helicopter adequate for these operations. “We have a lot of people trapped [whom] we have not been able to reach,” he said. A state of emergency has been declared in many areas.