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Deaths due to rain rise to six

Sinapred reports that two municipalities are isolated by flooding in the Northern Caribbean, affecting more than 150,000 families in the area.

Heavy rain that pummeled Nicaragua has left at least six people dead this month. Nicaragua’s Red Cross said 496 families have been evacuated in the past 24 hours from the northern department of Matagalpa, the western department of Leon and the central department of Boaco.

A woman looks out from an improvised tent, following heavy rains in the Pacific Coast, in Teustepe, Boaco, some 60km from Managua, on October 16, 2018. – Nicaragua decreed a red alert for heavy rains affecting the country in six departments and two autonomous regions. (Photo by INTI OCON / AFP)

Also on Wednesday, Red Cross workers recovered the body of a man identified as Stanislao Rivera. The organization’s director Auner Garcia said Rivera had been reported missing Tuesday morning and his death brought the number of those who died during the heavy rain this month to six.

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The Red Cross has sent some 208 volunteers to help rescue victims during the past few days, Garcia said.

“We have been undertaking this efforts in conjunction with local authorities and the Civil Defense,” he said.

A woman carries a bucket of water to drink after her house flooded, following heavy rains in the Pacific Coast, in Teustepe, Boaco, some 60km from Managua, on October 16, 2018. – Nicaragua decreed a red alert for heavy rains affecting the country in six departments and two autonomous regions. (Photo by INTI OCON / AFP)

On Tuesday, the Nicaraguan government issued a red alert  for six departments near the Pacific coast and two autonomous regions along the Caribbean.

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A boy walks in a muddy street, following heavy rains in the Pacific Coast, in Teustepe, Boaco, some 60km from Managua, on October 16, 2018. – Nicaragua decreed a red alert for heavy rains affecting the country in six departments and two autonomous regions. (Photo by INTI OCON / AFP)

Also on Tuesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said an area of low pressure was in forming in the Pacific region of Nicaragua and has a 90% probability of becoming a tropical storm in the next five days.

A man leaves his house flooded due to heavy rains in the Pacific Coast, in Teustepe, Boaco, some 60km from Managua, on October 16, 2018. – Nicaragua decreed a red alert for heavy rains affecting the country in six departments and two autonomous regions. (Photo by INTI OCON / AFP)

Earlier this week, Nicaraguan authorities evacuated some 800 people from the Matagalpa province due to an overflowing river.

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The Sinapred, Nicarauga’s weather autority said the rain will continue for at least the next 48 hours.

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EFE/Jorge Torres

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