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Hurricanes Eta, Iota Displace Thousands in Central America


Hurricanes Eta, Iota Displace Thousands in Central America

In the past three weeks, Hurricanes Eta and Iota landed a double blow on Central American countries.

Hurricane Eta made landfall on Nov. 3 in Nicaragua as a Category 4 storm. Just 13 days later, a second Category 4 storm named Hurricane Iota followed Eta. Now, resultant landslides, flooding and power outages have left hundreds of thousands of Nicaraguans, Guatemalans and Hondurans displaced.

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Gonzalo Chavez, consulate general of Honduras, says the situation is dire.

“People are left without anything – no housing, no food, no clothing, anything. So we’re making a plea for help for the people because the disaster is apocalyptical,” he said.


Local event

Local community organization Rincon Family Services is hosting a hurricane relief donation event from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday through Monday at 3710 N. Kedzie Ave. They are also seeking volunteers for the event. For more information on how to contribute or volunteer, call 773-340-8584 or visit the Consulado General De Honduras Chicago Facebook page.

Monetary contributions are being accepted via GoFundMe.


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