Felix Leaves Nearly 100 Dead

Number expected to rise as hurricane rescue and recovery efforts continue
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2007 7:19 AM CDT
Felix Leaves Nearly 100 Dead
People evacuate from Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, Monday, Sept. 3, 2007, as Hurricane Felix nears. (AP Photo/German Miranda, La Prensa)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Hurricane Felix, which slammed into the coast of Honduras and Nicaragua Tuesday, has now claimed almost 100 lives, with the death toll expected to climb further.  Officials have tallied the deaths of 98 Nicaraguans and one Honduran, as rescue teams in isolated coastal regions continue to fish survivors from the sea and recover bodies, CNN reports.

Especially hard hit in the Category 5 storm were 11,000 Miskito Indians in remote, low-lying areas who were not reached by evacuation efforts. Authorities in Honduras have recovered the bodies of 25 Nicaraguan Miskito fishermen, and rescued an additional 52 Miskitos who survived the 160mph winds by clinging to floating objects. Many survivors are now struggling to find food and drinking water. (Read more Hurricane Felix stories.)

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