Over 6,000 people have been evacuated from Cuba’s central Sancti Spiritus province struck by floods. The water level in the region’s largest Zaza reservoir has risen by a meter. Farms lands have also been flooded.
Two Frenchmen are reported to have gone missing in the disaster.
According to weather forecasts, more heavy rains are expected in the region.
Two people died and more than 8,500 were evacuated Saturday as heavy rain continued in central Cuba, local media reported.
Sancti Spiritus, a province 350 km east of Havana, registered an accumulated rainfall of more than 900 millimeters, a historical record for the region in the month of May.
Up to 6,500 residents from the towns surrounding Cuba's biggest water reservoir Zaza dam were evacuated for fears of flooding and 2,000 others were moved out of flooded areas in Sancti Spiritus and the special municipalities of Trinidad and Yaguajay.
The National Meteorology Institute forecast that heavy rain will continue in central provinces, and might then move westward.
Managua, May 25 (Prensa Latina) Over 3,600 people affected and hundreds of houses damaged were reported in Nicaragua due to rainfalls prevailing today in the Pacific and North regions, specified the Civil Defense.
According to official reports, at the territorial level shelters are still being prepared for families if necessary, when experts identify 1 475 critical points, prone to flooding and about 709 000 people in risk areas.
So far the storm affected nine of the 153 municipalities, including locations of the two autonomous regions with Coasts in the Caribbean sea.
According to the director of the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies, Jorge Castro, from the second week of May rainfall exceeded the monthly historical norm in a few days.
In the months of May, June and probably the first part of July, the same characteristics will continue, but is expected that the influence of the weather phenomenon El Niño will begin to be felt by August, weather event that could cause drought process in the western boundaries, noted Castro.
Besides identifying vulnerabilities, since months ago the Civil Defense and the System for Prevention, Mitigation and Attention to Disasters develop practical exercises with the population to meet contingency situations and preserve human lives.
MANAGUA, May 25 (Xinhua) -- At least five people have been killed in Nicaragua due to the strong rains affecting the Central American country in recent days, authorities said Friday.
The five victims were washed away when trying to cross rivers that had become torrential due to the heavy rainfall, Civil Defense Chief of Staff General Mario Perezcassar said, adding that the rains have also damaged highways and caused flooding in several towns.
Some 4,000 people were affected, more than 800 houses sustained partial damage, and the civil defense had deployed troops in northern Nicaragua, the authorities said.
The Nicaraguan government said it had brought the situation under control.