10/14/11 (AEIN) Heavy downpours and thunderstorms have caused severe flooding in parts of Mexico and Central America, destroying and damaging thousands of homes. Approximately one-hundred thousand people across the region were affected by flooding as of early Friday afternoon, according to the United Nations.
U.N. statistics released on Friday indicate that roughly 1,700 homes had been destroyed in Guatemala and more than one-thousand damaged in Nicaragua. At least 2,200 residents have moved to emergency shelters in El Salvador. Minimal damage was reported in the neighboring countries of Costa Rica and Honduras.
A tropical depression and the remnants of Hurricane Jova have caused the flooding. National Hurricane Center forecasts predict that the storm will remain almost stationary for the next two days, causing heavy rain, mudslides and flash floods in Central America and southeast Mexico. It may slowly strengthen for a time.