Heavy rains leave one missing, damage property in Honduras

Published: October 06, 2018 15:59:13 | Updated: October 08, 2018 12:11:20


Torrential rains drenching the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, have caused considerable damage to many homes and led to the disappearance of one person, Honduran authorities reported on Friday.

According to the Honduran Permanent Contingency Commission (Copeco), a 25-year-old man was swept away by the rushing current of a river in the capital on Thursday night.

The man has yet to be found, though searches are ongoing, reports Xinhua.

Head of Copeco, Lisandro Rosales, explained that a system of low pressure off the coasts of neighbouring Nicaragua is responsible for the rains which will continue for the next few days.

Copeco announced a "green" level alert for nine of the 18 departments of the central American country, signalling that dangerous weather is possible.

Rains are heavier in the country's northern coast on the Caribbean Sea, and in the southern Gulf of Fonseca, said Copeco.

The stormy weather comes during a weeklong holiday known as Morazanica Week, when public sector, and some private sector employees, enjoy time off work.

Around 2.5 million Hondurans usually visit beaches and tourist spots during the week which ends on Sunday.

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