U.S. Army rescues girl from Honduran city hit by Tropical Storm Eta

Moment U.S. Army helicopter crew airlifts three-year-old girl to safety in Honduras as the country is slammed by Tropical Storm Eta

  • A U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopter crew saved a three-year-old girl in the Honduran city of La Lima during a rescue mission last Friday
  • The U.S. military aided its Honduran counterpart in rescuing stranded residents after Tropical Storm Eta slammed the country with heavy rainfall
  • Eta hit Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane last Tuesday with 150 mph winds before it weakened into a tropical depression 
  • The hurricane killed two miners in Nicaragua and led to a landslide in Costa Rica that left a Costa Rican woman and an American man dead
  • The tropical storm left 21 dead in Honduras and 20 in Mexico
  • A landslide Thursday in San Cristobal Verapaz, Guatemala, killed 27 people and at least 100 residents were still missing as of Sunday

This is the moment a three-year-old girl was rescued from a flooded Honduran city by the U.S. Army.

Surveillance video shows an American soldier holding on to the child as they were airlifted to the Blackhawk helicopter Friday after Tropical Storm Eta slammed the Central American country.  

The U.S. servicemen then brought up the child’s family to the helicopter before they were flown to a safer area away from the city of Lima in the northern Caribbean department of Cortés.

U.S. Army rescues a girl Friday in La Lima, Honduras, after Hurricane Eta weakened into a tropical storm 

A member of the U.S. Army family hands over a three-year-old to a serviceman aboard a Blackhawk helicopter during a rescue mission in La Lima, a city in the northern Caribbean department of Cortés that was drenched with torrential rains from Tropical Storm Eta that slammed Honduras

A Honduran man holds a three-year-old girl after the U.S. Army saved them from their flooded home in La Lima, Honduras, on Friday during Tropical Storm Eta

Aerial footage showed trapped families seeking refuge on their rooftops in San Pedro Sula on Saturday, awaiting for the Honduran government’s deployment of its armed forces rescue team.

The storm weakened from a Category 5 hurricane to a tropical depression Wednesday as it made landfall in Honduras after it devastated Nicaragua, slamming it with 150 mph winds, killing two miners. 

A Costa Rican woman and an American man were killed in Costa Rica by the powerful hurricane, the 12th in the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.

Hondurans stand on rooftops surrounded by the floodwaters of Tropical Storm Eta on Saturday

A man tries to clear the mud from the front of his house in the Honduran municipality of La Lima after Tropical Storm Eta made landfall last Wednesday

A man salvages a mattress after the passage of Tropical Storm Eta in La Lima, Honduras

Tropical Storm Eta’s destruction left 21 people dead in Honduras and an additional 20 in Mexico.

However, the storm’s surge was evident in Guatemala on Thursday when a landslide destroyed 150 homes in San Cristobal Verapaz. 

As of Sunday, authorities had listed 27 people dead and were still searching for 100 residents reported missing.

People salvage belongings in the streets of La Lima, Honduras, on Monday after their homes were flooded by Tropical Storm Eta

Furniture and other objects covered in mud are seen piled in a street in the Honduran city of La Lima on Monday following the passage of Tropical Storm Eta

Women work to sweep away the mud left over from the passage of Tropical Storm Eta on La Lima, Honduras

Tropical Storm Eta also caused dangerous flooding across Florida’s most densely populated urban areas on Monday after it made landfall in the Florida Keys. 

Eta’s center hit land late Sunday around 11pm over Lower Matecumbe Key, in the middle of the chain of small islands that form the Florida Keys. 

Early Monday it was moving into the Gulf of Mexico near where the Everglades meet the sea, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. It was centered south of Naples, moving west-northwest at 13 mph. 

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