Central America – 1 Dead, 1000s Evacuated as Floods Affect Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Panama

Several countries in Central America have seen heavy rain and flooding since 18 October. One person has died, hundreds have been evacuated and thousands of homes damaged.

Local media say that the heavy rain is a result of two low pressure systems, one in the west over the Pacific Ocean and the other to east of Nicaragua, over the Caribbean.

In Nicaragua the heavy rain and flooding has affected the departments of Managua, Matagalpa and Chontales. As many as 709 homes have been damaged, with 674 of them in Tipitapa in Managua department.

Nicaragua’s disaster management agency, Sistema Nacional para la Prevención, Mitigación y Atención de Desastre (SINAPRED) reported that a young girl died while attempting to cross the swollen Sapote River in the municipality of San Dionisio, Matagalpa department.

In Juigalpa, Chontales department, 17 families have been forced to evacuate and are currently staying in temporary shelter in a nearby school.

In Honduras, COPECO (Comisión Permanente de Contingencias) reports that heavy rain has been affecting the country over the past few days, causing floods and landslides. Over 100 houses have been damaged and traffic has been disrupted in the departments of Francisco Morazan, Valle, Choluteca and El Paraíso.

WMO rainfall figures for a 24 hour period in Honduras:

  • 19 to 20 October, Tegucigalpa 48.1 mm
  • 18 to 19 October, Amapala 114.8 mm; La Ceiba Airport 52.8 mm
  • 15 to 16 October, Puerto Lempira 89.1 mm

In El Salvador, at least 30 people were evacuated on Thursday 20 October, 2016, when the Grande de San Miguel River overflowed in San Miguel department. In a 24 hour period between 18 and 19 October, 58 mm of rain was recorded in San Miguel, according to WMO figures.

In Panama, Sistema Nacional de Protección Civil (SINAPROC) reported that 3,500 people have been affected by heavy rain and flooding in the provinces of Darién and Los Santos.

Further south, heavy rain and flooding has affected over 12,000 families in the department of Choco, Colombia.

Flood Summary

Last updated: October 28, 2016
Event
Central America, October, 2016
Date
October 18 to October 23, 2016
Type
Inland flood, Landslide, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Managua (Nicaragua)
B - Matagalpa (Nicaragua)
C - Chontales (Nicaragua)
D - Francisco Morazan (Honduras)
E - Valle (Honduras)
F - Choluteca (Honduras)
G - El Paraíso (Honduras)
H - San Miguel department (El Salvador)
I - Darién (Panama)
J - Los Santos (Panama)

Magnitude

Rainfall level
48.1 mm in 24 hours
Tegucigalpa, Honduras - October 19 to October 20, 2016
Rainfall level
114.8 mm in 24 hours
Amapala, Honduras - October 18 to October 19, 2016
Rainfall level
58 mm in 24 hours
San Miguel, El Salvador - October 18 to October 19, 2016

Damages

Buildings damaged
709 buildings
Nicaragua - October 18 to October 22, 2016
Fatalities
1 person
Nicaragua - October 18 to October 22, 2016
Buildings damaged
100 buildings
Honduras - October 18 to October 22, 2016