Breitbart reports (from AFP),
A compact but powerful Caribbean hurricane made landfall in Nicaragua on Thursday, clobbering the south of the country and northern neighboring Costa Rica with 175-kilometer (110-mile) winds and rains likely to trigger floods and mudslides.
Hurricane Otto, a rare late-season storm hitting further south than usual, is expected to churn slowly along the border of the two countries into Friday, wreaking destruction as it gradually loses strength.
…The high winds and heavy rains could devastate crops — a big blow especially in Nicaragua, one of the poorest countries in Latin America.
Otto “could seriously jeopardize food security for small farmers who rely on maize (corn), beans, cocoa, honey, coffee and livestock for their livelihoods” in Nicaragua, Jennifer Zapata, a regional director for Heifer International, a US-based poverty-fighting charity, said in a statement.
…A previous, far-stronger hurricane, Matthew, devastated parts of southern Haiti early last month, killing 546 people and leaving nearly 175,000 homeless.
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