Honduras – Floods and Storms Leave 4 Dead and 6 Missing

The disaster management agency in Honduras (Copeco) reports that at least 4 people have died and 6 are missing after storms and floods affected areas along the Caribbean coast from 07 January, 2017.

Copeco issued a warning for severe weather including heavy rain on 06 January and again on 08 January. According to WMO figures, between 08 and 09 January, Trujillo in Colón department recorded 77.9 mm of rain. Copeco says that areas along the coast, in particular near Tocoa, Colón department, and La Ceiba and Tela in Atlántida recorded as much as 150 mm of rain on 08 January.

Rain in Honduras, 08 January. Image: Copeco

Several rivers have overflowed, including the Uchapa River in the department of Yoro, and the Aguan and Pires rivers in the department of Colón.

Reports from Opeco suggest that at least 4 people died. One fatality occurred as a result of flooding in Omoa, Cortés, on 08 January. The three other deaths occurred when a boat with 23 people on board capsized in Laguna de Ibans in La Mosquitia. Several people were rescued from the boat by Honduras Naval Force but at least 4 were still missing as of 09 January.

Almost 700 people have been affected by the severe weather and a total of 137 houses have been damaged by flooding. Over 80 homes were flooded in Omoa, Cortés and over 50 homes in El Progreso, Yoro. Around 80 families have been evacuated from their homes in Cuyamel, Cortés.

Overflowing Aguán River in Tocoa, Colón. Photo: Copeco
Aldea El Juncal, Olanchito, Yoro after the Uchapa River overflowed. Photo: Copeco
Aldea El Juncal, Olanchito, Yoro after the Uchapa River overflowed. Photo: Copeco

Flood summary

Last updated: February 22, 2017
Event
Caribbean Coast, Honduras, January 2017
Date
January 7 to January 10, 2017
Type
Urban flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Omoa, Cortés
B - El Progreso, Yoro
C - Cuyamel, Cortés
D - Tocoa, Colón
E - Olanchito, Yoro
F - Tela, Atlántida

Magnitude

Rainfall level
77.9 mm in 24 hours
Trujillo, Colón - January 8 to January 9, 2017
Rainfall level
150 mm in 24 hours
Tocoa, Colón - January 7 to January 8, 2017
Estimated figures according to maps from COPECO
Rainfall level
150 mm in 24 hours
Tela, Atlántida - January 7 to January 8, 2017
Estimated figures according to maps from COPECO
River level
Overflowing
Aguán River, Tocoa, Colón - January 7 to January 10, 2017
River level
Overflowing
Uchapa River, Olanchito, Yoro - January 7 to January 10, 2017

Damages

Fatalities
4 people
January 7 to January 10, 2017
Evacuated
500 people
Cuyamel, Cortés - January 7 to January 10, 2017