Tropical Storm kills seven
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP):
Tropical Storm Otto killed at least four people in Costa Rica and then headed into the Pacific Ocean yesterday after making landfall as the southernmost hurricane on record to hit Central America.
Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis announced that three had been killed in or near the town of Bagaces, and a fourth person in an unspecified location. He said that at least six people were missing in Bijagua, a town south of the Costa Rica-Nicaragua border.
Solis said as much water fell on the area in a few hours as normally falls in a month, and said some people had been trapped by rising waters.
Otto made landfall on Nicaragua's Caribbean coast on Thursday as a dangerous Category 2 storm but it faded to tropical storm force before emerging over the eastern Pacific early yesterday.
Authorities in Nicaragua said the hurricane had damaged houses, but so far there were no reports of casualties. Earlier, heavy rains from the storm were blamed for three deaths in Panama.