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Hurricane Death Toll in Costa Rica Climbs to 9

SAN JOSE – Hurricane Otto caused at least nine deaths in Costa Rica, authorities in the Central American country said on Friday.

All of the fatalities are in the hard-hit northern part of the country.

Otto made landfall on Thursday in neighboring Nicaragua as a Category 2 Hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph (177 kph), before weakening to a tropical storm.

Two adult women and a girl of 11 were killed in Bijagua de Upala, while an 8-month-old infant perished in nearby Upala.

In Bagaces, five people were found dead inside a home buried by a mudslide.

Costa Rican authorities said they would continue to evaluate reports before releasing any estimate of the number of people unaccounted for in the storm’s wake.

By early Friday, Otto’s center was located over the Pacific Ocean and moving westward away from Central America.

The first hurricane to strike Costa Rica since records began in 1851 is also the southernmost to make landfall in Central America.

 

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