From the paper:
“The calamity that hit the Central American nations in October 1998 took suffering to a new height. Though an accurate toll is still hard to calculate–and as many as 10,000 people were estimated to be dead in the battered countries of Nicaragua and Honduras, while as many as 2 million may be were made homeless after the relentless rains of Hurricane Mitch. In much lesser degrees, calamity also visited El Salvador and Guatemala. In all, the storm wrought $3 billion in damage–more than half the combined Nicaraguan and Honduran gross domestic products–and devastated at least two-thirds of those countries’ public infrastructure.
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