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Biden consoles victims of hurricane iota in Central America

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The United States President-Elect, Joe Biden has sympathized with victims of hurricane iota in Central America, while vowed that his administration will work on fighting climate change which will be one of his priorities.

The United States President-Elect took to his Twitter handle on Wednesday, to keep praying for those friends and neighbors in Hurricane Iota’s path and those impacted by Hurricane Eta across Central America.

According to him, “I’m keeping in my prayers all of our friends and neighbors in Hurricane Iota’s path and those impacted by Hurricane Eta across Central America. The increasing frequency of these powerful storms is another reason that fighting climate change will be one of my top priorities”, he said.

Meanwhile, not less than 30 people have lost their lives as the strongest Atlantic hurricane of the year rips through areas of central America, while thousands were forced to flee their homes as Hurricane Iota hit Nicaragua and neighbouring countries as reported by BBC news.

The rainfall is expected to cause mudslides and potentially deadly flash flooding and river flooding. Winds of 257km/h (160mph) have hit areas still recovering from Eta, a major hurricane that hit two weeks ago.

Deaths were recorded in Nicaragua, Honduras, Colombia, Panama and El Salvador. Hundreds of thousands of people have moved into shelters in the region.

The hurricane remains significant but has now weakened in terms of wind strength and has sustained winds of 170km/h. It will continue to weaken as it moves further inland. Iota is the strongest Atlantic hurricane of the year and only the second November hurricane to reach category five – the last was in 1932.





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