Honduras – Heavy Rain and Floods in Islas De La Bahía


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Prolonged rainstorms have affected the Caribbean coast of Honduras since 12 February 2016, Flooding was reported in Islas de la Bahía Department on 13 February. Heavy rainfall is forecast until at least 15 February.

Rain

Due to a cold front from the Gulf of Mexico interesting Honduras, heavy rain has been recorded at several stations of the country.

Between 13 and 14 February 2016 more than 90 mm of rain in 24 hours was recorded in Tegucigalpa, Honduras’s capital and largest city, 66 mm in Tela, in Atlántida Department, and 83 mm in Roatán, in Islas de la Bahía Department.

According to the Honduran National Meteorological Service (Servicio Meteorológico Nacional de Honduras – SMN), further rain is expected in the following days, up to Monday 15 February 2016. The green level of alert, second of four levels, issued by the Honduran Permanent Commission of Contingencies (Comisión Permanente de Contingencias – COPECO) will be valid until Monday.

Flooding

According to local representatives of COPECO, the heavy and prolonged rain affecting Roatán Island in Islas de la Bahía Department from the 12 February, resulted in flooding in Santos Guardiola municipality, where 7,650 inhabitants were affected.

More than 50 houses in El Bay neighbourhood have been inundated and a house in La Esperanza neighbourhood has been destroyed by a landslide caused by soil saturation, forcing the familiy to evacuate.

Currently there are no reports of other displacements or evacuations. Nevertheless, COPECO declared to have food and hotels ready in case the situation deteriorates.

Local authorities reported that flooding in El Bay is mainly due to a reduction in the effective area of the principal drainage channel of the neighbourhood that was unable to handle the storm water. Progressive silting of the channel and unplanned new construction caused the loss in drainage efficiency.

Zika

Meanwhile, authorities in Honduras, including COPECO and the Ministry of Health, are carrying out a campaign to educate people about the risks of the Zika virus, and to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds.

One thought on “Honduras – Heavy Rain and Floods in Islas De La Bahía

  1. Very likely that the birth defects are being caused by the switch to a different anti-mosquito pesticide by the Brazilian Ministry of Health in early 2014. Colombia has had zika epidemics with no such birth defects ensuing.

    I lived in northeastern Brazil for 14 years and have had the health workers come to my house to put the chemicals in things that could contain standing water like saucers under plant pots. My water tower was very high, however, so they couldn’t go up there and put the chemicals in the water because for the entire city of over 400,000, they had only one ladder to use during the inspections.

    People without water towers may have had things like old plastic drums in the back of their homes or a plastic water storage container on their roof. These things are not air tight so a mosquito could easily get in and breed.

    We really need to do all we can to get this message across to the Brazilian Ministry of Health.

    http://www.gmwatch.org/news/latest-news/16706-argentine-and-brazilian-doctors-name-larvicide-as-potential-cause-of-microcephaly

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