Floods in Nicaragua and Honduras After Days of Heavy Rain – 8 Dead, 2 Missing

Local authorities say that Nicaragua and Honduras have experienced heavy rainfall during the first two weeks of June, causing floods which have left a total of 8 people dead and 2 missing.

Nicaragua

In Nicaragua, the disaster management agency, Sistema Nacional para la Prevención, Mitigación y Atención de Desastres (SINAPRED), say that heavy rain between 02 and 14 June has left 6 people dead, and affected 35,350 in 7,041 households. As of 15 June, there were 129 families displaced by the floods and severe weather, most of them in Managua municipality. The families are currently being housed in shelters or temporary accommodation.

The heavy rain and ensuing floods have affected 11 departments of the country – Managua, Madriz, Carazo, Nueva Segovia, León, Matagalpa, Masaya, Chinandega, Esteli, Granada and the North Caribbean Coast Region.

According to SINAPRED figures, 6,975 homes have been flooded over the last 2 weeks, with at least 22 homes have been completely destroyed, and a further 44 severely damaged. Two schools have been destroyed in the floods, with 10 other schools damaged.

Landslide Warnings

On Monday 15 June, the heavy rain prompted SINAPRED to issue landslide warnings for those living in communities near the volcanoes in the country.

Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez, Co Director SINAPRED, said that the slopes of active volcanoes, including San Cristobal, Telica Momotombo and Concepción, as well as inactive volcanoes such as Casitas, Santa Clara, Mombacho and Maderas, have been made unstable by the heavy rains, increasing the possibility of sudden landslides which could cause damage to crops and infrastructure and the loss of human lives.

Given that such landslides can occur suddenly, Dr. Gonzalez said that it is very difficult to give effective early warnings. He recommended those in vulnerable areas refer to hazard maps produced by Instituto Nicaragüense de Estudios Territoriales (INETER) to assess the conditions of the communities most at risk.

Honduras

Local media in Honduras are reporting that the country has also been badly affected by heavy rain and resulting floods over the last few days.

As of 15 June 2015, at least two people have died and another two are missing, over 500 have been affected and over 115 homes have been damaged. Over 100 people have been displaced by floods in the last few days, most of them in Siguatepeque but also some in Tegucigalpa.