Felix’s picture of devastation

20Sep07

The extent of the devastation caused by Hurricane Felix is becoming clearer every day. The latest report filed by the National System for Disaster Prevention, Mitigation and Attention paints a sombre picture. 188,000 people have been affected, with 102 dead, 35 unconfirmed dead, and 86 missing.

Whole communities have been blown away, with a total of 10,000 homes completely destroyed in and around Bilwi, and 179 public buildings – including schools and clinics – in ruins.

The relief operation seems to be well co-ordinated, including dozens of medical brigades supplied by the Cubans and Venezuelans, and the Nicaraguans themselves.

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