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Today in Latin American History

Hurricane Mitch Pounded Honduras, Guatemala & Nicaragua in 1998

Hurricane Mitch Pounded Honduras, Guatemala & Nicaragua in 1998

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Today in Latin American history, the category 5 Hurricane Mitch pounded Honduras, Guatemala & Nicaragua killing nearly 20,000 in 1998.

Due to its slow motion from October 29 to November 3, Hurricane Mitch dropped historic amounts of rainfall in Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, with unofficial reports of up to 75 inches.

Deaths due to catastrophic flooding made it the second deadliest Atlantic hurricane in history; nearly 11,000 people were killed with over 11,000 left missing by the end of 1998.

Additionally, roughly 2.7 million were left homeless as a result of the hurricane. The flooding caused extreme damage, estimated at over $6 billion.

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