Latin America

Central America ravaged by all-time record hurricane season

While struggling to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, Central America has also had to deal with the most active hurricane season on record

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The region of Central America and the Caribbean has been one of the most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, pushing an estimated 20 million into poverty and another 7 million into extreme poverty, according to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). And to make matters worse, the coronavirus crisis is coming in the middle of the busiest Atlantic hurricane season in history, with 29 occurrences and an untold number of deaths.  

Hurricane Eta, which dissipated on Friday, battered Central America, the Caribbean, and parts of the southeastern U.S. over the last two weeks.

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