Sharon, my friend in Granada, reported that it was eerily quiet over the long Easter week holiday. Usually there are endless “bombas” or firecrackers that only make loud and annoying booms. So, she wondered what was up with the lack of bombas. Her Nicaraguan friend said, “We have to save all our money to get drunk. We have no money for bombas.”
That about sums up Semana Santa madness around Nicaragua. Go to the beach, get drunk, go swimming, or drive drunk. We stayed home this year, not wanting to deal with the drunks and crazy drivers over the holiday. But, if you are wondering how crazy it gets over Semana Santa here are a few statistics.
The National Police and the Ministry of Health reported that in the week of Semana Santa there were an estimated 62 deaths in the country: 27 deaths from traffic accidents, 24 drowning deaths, and 11 deaths by homicide.
My last report on the death toll over Semana Santa was Here. The good news is that 250 lives were saved over Semana Santa this week due to the watchful eyes of over 2,000 volunteers trained to be lifeguards by the Nicaraguan Red Cross.
“Thanks to the work carried out 2,000 volunteers in 139 pools and resorts nationwide, 250 lives have been saved though rescues,” said the director of the relief agency, Oscar Gutierrez told reporters.
The source acknowledged that 18 people drowned so far this Easter, including places not served by the Nicaraguan Red Cross, but the lifeguards later came to the aid of the bodies.
The Red Cross also noted that volunteers found 112 children who were lost in different resorts and released to their parents. The work of a lifeguard is more difficult than one thinks!
Overall, it was a good Semana Santa. A BIG congratulations to the Nicaraguan Red Cross for the lives they saved with their socorristas ( lifeguards). We hope you all had a joyful Easter.