Honduras – 1 Dead, 100s of Homes Damaged After Floods and Landslides

Prolonged rainstorms have affected central and southern areas of Honduras from the 28 August 2016, resulting in flooding and landslides in Tegucigalpa and Comayagüela.

Evacuations have been carried out, more than 100 houses have been damaged and 1 fatality reported.

Flooding and Landslides

As forecast by the Meteorological Service, heavy and prolonged rain affected Tegucigalpa and Comayagüela on the night of the 29 August, causing several flooded roads, landslides, fallen trees and resulting in major damages and disruption to to traffic and local transportation.

In the Central District area of the country, which includes the two cities of Tegucigalpa and Comayagüela, more than 100 houses were damaged by flooding and heavy rain, in particular in the San Minitas and Traversía neighbourhoods. Also in Central District, one person died after a landslide fell on a house.

In the Comayagua Department, in central Honduras, more than 25 people have been displaced due to a small river overflow near the 21 de Abril neighbourhood.

Honduras emergency commission (Comisión Permanente de Contingencias – COPECO) have warned of increased levels of the Choluteca river.

Flooding and landslides are a major threat for Honduras. According to recent studies of the World Bank 62% of territory in Honduras and 92% of the population are at risk of flooding or landslides. A study from 2010 by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) stated that in Tegucigalpa 15,000 people live in flood risk areas and as many as 132,500 in landslides risk areas.

Rain

A tropical front in Honduras brought heavy rain to several areas of the country. Between 29 and 30 August 2016, 63.9 mm of rain in 24 hours was recorded in Tegucigalpa. In Catacamas, Olancho Department, more than 88 mm was recorded during a period between 28 and 29 August 2016.

According to the Honduran National Meteorological Service (Servicio Meteorológico Nacional de Honduras – SMN), further rain is expected, until Wednesday 31 August 2016.

On 29 August, COPECO issued a green level alert (the second of four levels) for heavy rain for 14 of the country’s 18 departments: Olancho, Colón, Yoro, Francisco Morazán, El Paraíso, Choluteca, Valle, La Paz, Comayagua, Intibucá, Lempira, Ocotepeque, South of Santa Bárbara and Cortés.

The situation is critical due to the characteristic of many areas of the country, making them prone to landslides, as well as the antecedent soil moisture conditions.

Flood Summary

Last updated: September 2, 2016
Event
Honduras, August 2016
Date
August 28 to September 2, 2016
Type
Inland flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

Tegucigalpa

Magnitude

Rainfall level
63.9 mm in 24 hours
Tegucigalpa - August 29 to August 30, 2016
Rainfall level
88 mm in 24 hours
Catacamas - August 28 to August 29, 2016

Damages

Fatalities
1 person
Central District - August 28 to August 30, 2016