5 Dead as Floods Strike in Guatemala and Honduras

Guatemala has been hit by deadly floods for the second time in 3 weeks.

The country has been hit once again with heavy rainfall – 68mm of rain fell in Port of San Jose in 24 hours between 16 and 17 October. Flooding and landslides have resulted in the death of at least 3 people.

According to the country’s disaster management departs Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres (CONRED) flooding has affected the departments of Guatemala, Sacatepequez, San Marcos and Suchitepéquez, affecting around 16,000 people and damaging over 70 homes.

The department of Guatemala is reported as worst hit. The three deaths occurred in the municipality of Chinautla, Guatemala department.

In late September, severe flooding left 5 people dead ( http://floodlist.com/america/5-dead-floods-guatemala ) after heavy rainfall inundated areas of Escuintla, Chimaltenango, San Marcos, Baja Verapaz, Jutiapa, Huehuetenango and Guatemala departments.

File Photo: CONRED rescue teams in action in Gutemala. Photo: CONRED
File Photo: CONRED rescue teams in action in Gutemala. Photo: CONRED

Honduras

Heavy rain has also affected parts of Honduras. According to WMO, Puerto Lempira saw 52mm of rain in 24 hours, 16 to 17October. Cortes and Yoro departments are worst affected. Two deaths have been reported as a result of flooding in Cortes.

Local media are also reporting that around 5,000 people have been cut-off by flooding in Gracias a Dios Department. They also report that levels of some rivers, in particular Ulúa River in western Honduras, are extremely high.

File Photo: High river levels in Honduras. Photo:  Leonora Enking
File Photo: High river levels in Honduras. Photo: Leonora Enking