Nine Die When Wall Collapses in Heavy Downpour

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NICARAGUA NEWS — Nine people died in THE populous neighborhood, Barrio 18 de Mayo, in southeast Managua when a wall around a housing development collapsed because of the heavy rains, La Prensa reports.

“There are nine Nicaraguans who are no longer with us… this is a very sad situation,” the secretary of Alcaldía de Managua, Fidel Moreno, told reporters.

Another seven people were rescued alive, including two little girls ages 2 and 6.

Marcelino Cortez, stepfather Douglas Orozco, one of the victims, told when he heard a kind of thunder on Thursday night and looked to neighboring homes, he saw had been buried.

“The house of Dona Carmen dropped, because we believed that only that had happened, but as we approached, the lady with the lost mind and Mr. fallen with cracked head (…) got out and went to ask for help, people came up with picks and shovels, “said Cortez with a faltering voice, the coffin of her stepson.

Heavy rainy-season downpours began early Thursday night.

Witnesses said the wall collapsed around 10:30 p.m. Thursday.