100s Evacuated After 3 Rivers Overflow in Honduras


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Several rivers have overflowed in Atlántida Department of Honduras after a period of heavy rain.

The Lean, Lancetilla and San Alejo have all overflowed according to the Disaster management agency in Honduras, COPECO (Comisión Permanente de Contingencias).

Parts of Tela, Esparta and Arizona municipalities in Atlántida department in northern Honduras have all been affected.

COPECO say that around 500 people have been affected, with over 200 forced from their homes by the flooding, and a further 31 families evacuated as a precaution. Three local buildings including a church and school are being used as temporary shelters to house those displaced. COPECO are distributing relief supplies, including bedding, blankets and food rations, to those affected by the floods.

According to a statement made by COPECO, the communities affected include Marión, Los Cocos, Los Patos village and Bardales in Tela. In Arizona affected communities include Santa María, Las Piedras, Saint Lucía, El Sapote, Las Delicias, Angélica, Matarras, Jimalito and El Encanto. In Esparta the areas affected include El Jazmín, Las Flores, Ceibita Wait and Lean.

Some flooding has also been reported in Cortés Department including the coastal city of Puerto Cortės. San Pedro Sula in the Valle de Sula, about 100 km south of Puerto Cortés, recorded 64 mm of rain between 05 and 06 December 2015. COPECO report that island communities in the Islas de la Bahía department have also experienced some severe weather, in particular strong winds which have caused some damage to properties.

A yellow alert for heavy rain was issued yesterday for Atlántida Department and will remain in place until at least 09 December.

floods in Honduras, December 2015
Floods in Atlantida Department of Honduras, December 2015. Photo credit: COPECO Honduras
Floods in Atlantida Department of Honduras, December 2015. Photo credit: COPECO Honduras
Floods in Atlantida Department of Honduras, December 2015. Photo credit: COPECO Honduras
Floods in Atlantida Department of Honduras, December 2015. Photo credit: COPECO Honduras
Floods in Atlantida Department of Honduras, December 2015. Photo credit: COPECO Honduras
Distributing relief supplies to flood victims in Atlantida Department of Honduras, December 2015. Photo credit: COPECO Honduras
Distributing relief supplies to flood victims in Atlantida Department of Honduras, December 2015. Photo credit: COPECO Honduras
Floods in Atlantida Department of Honduras, December 2015. Photo credit: COPECO Honduras
Floods in Atlantida Department of Honduras, December 2015. Photo credit: COPECO Honduras