Honduras – Deadly Floods in Choluteca After 190mm Rain in 24 Hours

Two people have died and over 250 forced from their homes after flooding in Choluteca Department, southern Honduras.

A yellow level alert for heavy rain was issued on 10 June for the southern and western departments of Choluteca, Valle, Lempira, La Paz, Intibucá, Santa Bárbara, Copán and Ocotepeque.

Rainfall warnings in Honduras. Image: COPECO

National Permanent Commission of Emergencies (COPECO) says ravines flooded and rivers overflowed in the city of Choluteca on Saturday 10 June.

The city recorded 83.2 mm of rain in 24 hours to 10 June, with 68.0 mm falling in just 6 hours. During a 24 hour period between 10 and 11 June, Choluteca recorded 190.6 mm of rain.

Over 100 houses have been damaged and 10 totally destroyed. As many as 253 people have been displaced and 554 have been affected by heavy rain and floods in the 9 neighbourhoods of the city.

COPECO also reported two deaths as a result of the severe weather in the department. One death occurred in Choluteca when a man attempted to cross a flooded ravine. A fatality in Talanga was caused by a tree falling on a house.

COPECO has delivered humanitarian aid to around 500 people who were affected by the floods.

Many of those evacuated were housed in local buildings such as churches in the neighbourhoods of San Francisco del Palomar, La Providencia and Sampile.

The city has a population of around 100,000 and sits on the river Choluteca River in the south of the country between El Salvador and Nicaragua.

Parts of El Salvador also recorded heavy rain recently, with 55 mm falling in 24 hours to 11 June in Acajutla.

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