Central America faces havoc from Storm Iota

Across Central America on Wednesday, streets were engulfed by floodwater and homes ripped to shreds, in the aftermath of Storm Iota.

Over 30 people have been killed, a toll which is expected to rise as rescue workers race to reach isolated communities across the region -- which was already battered by Hurricane Eta just two weeks prior.

In Colombia, Nelly Smith was one of many searching for lost family members:

"I can't explain it, it's the worst thing a human can experience. Now there are people out on the streets, sleeping on the streets."

While in Honduras, residents like Jorge Garcia were forced to flee their homes.

"We have nowhere to go. We lost everything. Our house was flooded. There is no hope of returning there."

Iota was the strongest storm on record to hit Nicaragua, unleashing Category 5 magnitude winds on the coast starting on Monday.

Record rainfall triggered swelling rivers and devastating mudslides, which wiped out crops and washed away several hillsides.

Some 160,000 Nicaraguans and 70,000 Hondurans so far have been forced to flee to shelters.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Iota's remnants could trigger further flooding and mudslides across Central America through Thursday.