Nicaragua issues yellow alert for storm Richard

09:56, October 22, 2010      

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Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega on Thursday decreed a yellow alert for the country's Caribbean coast due to tropical storm Richard, which could grow into a hurricane on Saturday.

On Thursday, Ortega read the decree during a public event, saying his government would do its utmost to mitigate the effects of this storm.

Richard was formed 300 kilometers to the Gracias a Dios zone, in the northeast tip of the country bordering Honduras.

Ortega said that the storm is slowly advancing in northeast Nicaragua, with winds of 65 kilometers per hour, which will produce rains in Honduras and Nicaragua.

Meanwhile, Army Chief General Julio Cesar Aviles and chief of the National Police Aminta Granera said that 1,500 troops have been deployed in the areas which could be affected by the rains.

Aviles said the Navy and the Army had warned fishermen about the risks in the Autonomous Region North Atlantic, urging them to keep their boats safe from the tropical storm.



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