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3/24/2008

Nicaragua reports 65 deaths during Easter holiday

Filed under: General,global islands,nicaragua — admin @ 5:35 pm

MANAGUA — Nicaragua’s March 17-23 Easter holiday saw 29 fatal drowning cases, 27 murders and nine people killed in road accidents, Horacio Rocha, director of the National Police, said Sunday.

This is an improvement compared with 2007’s figure of 35 killings and 14 road deaths, Rocha said in a press conference.

Police arrested 400 people during the holiday season, seizing 136 weapons including 49 handguns, 61 knives and six home made weapons. They also seized 951 fireworks.

At the same press conference, Nicaragua’s Health Minister Guillermo Gonzalez, said that the 26 of the 29 drowned (89 percent) were women and that 17 of the drowned (60 percent) was linked to drinking.

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