Heavy rains leave 22 dead and 32,000 homeless in Nicaragua

Rescue workers look for the bodies of eight people after the collapse of a perimeter wall at a residential area in Managua city on Oct 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Rescue workers look for the bodies of eight people after the collapse of a perimeter wall at a residential area in Managua city on Oct 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MANAGUA (AFP) - Days of torrential rains in Nicaragua left 22 people dead and left homeless more than 32,000 others, according to an official report Saturday.

Nine of the victims died when a retaining wall collapsed and flattened four shacks near the capital Managua, government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo said.

The report said 4,544 homes were damaged or destroyed by floods or were evacuated due to flood risk.

The rains impacted 17 departments in the country and 5,630 people are in temporary shelters and receiving food aid, Murillo said.