San Jose, Nov 26: In the northern America regions, the hurricane Otto has claimed atleast nine lives in the country.
The director of the country’s legal investigation bureau, OJI, Walter Espinoza in a press conference brief about the casualties that occurred in the areas of Bagaces and Upala, the most affected by the strong rains and winds, Xinhua news agency reported.
“The official number of deaths…is nine. Five of these deaths occurred in the canton of Upala, and four in the zone of Bagaces,” he said.
Costa Rica’s President Luis Guillermo Solis who attended the press conference stated that his government had decreed three days of national mourning, starting from November 28, to allow time for search and rescue efforts.
Solis added that the north of Costa Rica experienced a monthly amount of rain fall in just six hours.
Neighbouring Nicaragua, which was also hit by Otto, witnessed no deaths although a number of buildings were destroyed or damaged.
On Friday, Otto moved out into the Pacific Ocean, where it was downgraded to a tropical storm.
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