Nicaraguan journalist and five Red Cross workers die in floodwaters

  • By Guest
  • October 5, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

Ana L. Urbina, a correspondent for channels 8 and 11, and five members of the Red Cross died when the ambulance and truck they were traveling in was swept away by the rain-swollen Tecolostote River in central Nicaragua, Boaco Department, El Nuevo Diario reports. (See EFE's report in English.)

The rescuers were returning to Managua, the capital, after carrying humanitarian aid to victims of the torrential rains that have pounded the country, the DPA news agency adds. The Red Cross and President Daniel Ortega paid homage to the victims, La Prensa says.

In Nicaragua, 65 people have died in rain-related incidents since the rainy season began in May, EFE reports, quoting a civil defense official.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.

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