Central America – Deadly Floods and Landslides After Torrential Rain

Heavy rain from two low pressure systems has caused flooding and landslides in parts of Central America. As much as 270 mm of rain fell in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala in 24 hours to 07 October, 2018. Perquín in the Morazán department of El Salvador, recorded 232.2 mm of rain during the same period.

Floods and landslides have been reported in several countries, including Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Guatemala.

According to the EU’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG-ECHO), as many as 11 people have died, with 4 fatalities reported in Nicaragua, 4 in Honduras, 2 in El Salvador and 1 in Costa Rica.

In Honduras, around 7,000 people have been affected and over 3,000 people evacuated. As of 08 October, 2,746 people were being housed in temporary shelters. In Nicaragua, 13,000 people are affected and 2,880 are in shelters. Over 125,000 have been affected in Costa Rica, with 2,793 housed in 28 shelters.

DG-ECHO said that alerts are still in effect in Central America due to ongoing precipitation up to 300-400 mm: Honduras (Red Alert in 3 departments), Costa Rica (Red Alert in 3 districts of Puntarenas), Nicaragua (Yellow Alert at national level), El Salvador (Yellow Alert in 31 municipalities), Guatemala (Yellow national institutional alert).

Rescues and evacuations in flooded areas of Costa Rica, October 2018. Photo: Fuerza Pública Costa Rica

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