World - - Nov 30,2016
A savage Caribbean storm has evolved into a hurricane which is slowly entering the boundaries of Central America; three people have died in Panama, while four are reported missing.
Hurricane Otto was almost stationery on Tuesday, but later started to approach west at a speed of 2mph (4km/h). According to the US National Hurricane Center, Otto is whisking at about 75 mph (120 km/h) causing serious tensions in northern Costa Rica and southern Nicaragua.
On Wednesday, the Category 1 storm was centered at about 100 miles north of Panama City. As per experts, the hurricane is expected to gain strength and grow into a Category 2 storm as it advances to a landfall close to Nicaragua-Costa Rica border.
This section of Central America is unfamiliar with hurricane landfalls. It is tagged as a rare event also because a Caribbean storm doesn’t frequently travel this far south. Otto has progressed later in the season as compared to any other Atlantic basin hurricane since 2005.
The effects of this wild hurricane are slowly growing dangerous. Three people have been declared dead, while four are supposedly missing. Costa Rica’s President has issued a state of emergency as hurricane Otto started to surface towards land. Thousands of people have already left the regions close to the Caribbean coast in search for a safer ground.
While in Nicaragua, more than 10,000 people have been displaced from areas which fall in the storm’s path. There is a strong possibility that, heavy rains would affect the whole country starting from Thursday. The main concern however, is regarding landslides and flooding that can hit the interior parts of Nicaragua.
Costa Rica’s president Luis Guillermo Solís fears that, Otto will hamper the agriculture and especially the coffee production of the country. A similar concern was expressed by Nicaragua officials, who were worried about the burden on impoverished farmers.