The disaster management agency in Honduras (Copeco) reports that at least 4 people have died and 6 are missing after storms and floods affected areas along the Caribbean coast from 07 January, 2017.
Copeco issued a warning for severe weather including heavy rain on 06 January and again on 08 January. According to WMO figures, between 08 and 09 January, Trujillo in Colón department recorded 77.9 mm of rain. Copeco says that areas along the coast, in particular near Tocoa, Colón department, and La Ceiba and Tela in Atlántida recorded as much as 150 mm of rain on 08 January.
Several rivers have overflowed, including the Uchapa River in the department of Yoro, and the Aguan and Pires rivers in the department of Colón.
Reports from Opeco suggest that at least 4 people died. One fatality occurred as a result of flooding in Omoa, Cortés, on 08 January. The three other deaths occurred when a boat with 23 people on board capsized in Laguna de Ibans in La Mosquitia. Several people were rescued from the boat by Honduras Naval Force but at least 4 were still missing as of 09 January.
Almost 700 people have been affected by the severe weather and a total of 137 houses have been damaged by flooding. Over 80 homes were flooded in Omoa, Cortés and over 50 homes in El Progreso, Yoro. Around 80 families have been evacuated from their homes in Cuyamel, Cortés.