Nicaragua and Guatemala – Over 5,000 Displaced by Floods After 360 Mm of Rain in 24 Hours

Around 5,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes after heavy rain caused floods in Nicaragua and Guatemala.

The heavy rain began to fall on 09 July, 2016. La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City recorded 360 mm of rain in 24 hours between 10 and 11 July. Flores in El Peten Department, Guatemala, recorded 170 mm during the same period.

Nicaragua

In Nicaragua, the Caribbean coast area was worst affected. Local media reports say that levels of the Prinzapolka, Escondido and Rio Grande de Matagalpa rose rapidly, threatening communities nearby. In the North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region, around 4,000 people were evacuated and 300 homes damaged, mostly in the municipality of Prinzapolka.

Nicaragua’s disaster management agency (Sistema Nacional para la Prevención, Mitigación y Atención de Desastres – SINAPRED) set up 10 shelters to accommodate those displaced. Director General, Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez, said that disaster prevention plans were put in place and were successful. No fatalities have been reported.

According to SINAPRED, as of 13 July, the situation is easing and river levels now falling. However, around 200 people still remain in the relief camps, mostly in Prinzapolka, where they will receive support, medical care and drinking water until the situation normalizes.

Guatemala

In Guatemala, flooding affected the departments of Suchitepequez, Alta Verapaz, Izabal and Escuintla. The disaster management agency (Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres de Guatemala – CONRED) said on 12 July that at least 160 houses have been partially or fully damaged, and over 960 people have been affected by floods.

Floods in Livingston Izabal, Guatemala. Photo: Conred
Floods in Livingston Izabal, Guatemala. Photo: Conred
Heavy rain caused landslides, such as this one in Panzos, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. Photo: Conred
Heavy rain caused landslides, such as this one in Panzos, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. Photo: Conred

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Flood Summary

Last updated: July 14, 2016
Event
Caribbean Coast Regions, Nicaragua, July 2016
Date
July 9 to July 14, 2016
Type
Inland flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall
Heavy rainfall caused flooding in parts of Nicaragua's Caribbean coastal regions from 10 July 2016.  Thousands were forced to evacuate after river levels rose rapidly.

Locations

Prinzapolka

Magnitude

River level
Overflowing
Rio Grande de Matagalpa, North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region - July 10 to July 13, 2016
River level
Overflowing
Prinzapolka River, North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region - July 10 to July 13, 2016

Damages

Evacuated
4,000
North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region - July 10 to July 14, 2016

Flood Summary

Last updated: July 14, 2016
Event
Suchitepequez, Alta Verapaz, Izabal and Escuintla, Guatemala, July 2016
Date
July 9 to July 14, 2016
Type
Inland flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Suchitepequez
B - Alta Verapaz
C - Izabal
D - Escuintla

Magnitude

Rainfall level
360 mm in 24 hours
La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala Cit - July 10 to July 11, 2016
Rainfall level
170 mm in 24 hours
Flores in El Peten Department - July 10 to July 11, 2016

Damages

Buildings damaged
160 buildings
July 9 to July 14, 2016