Central America – Floods. Fact Sheet #2, fiscal year (FY) 2012

Report
from US Agency for International Development
Published on 21 Oct 2011

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

Since October 10, 2011, heavy rains associated with a tropical depression have caused flooding and landslides throughout Central America—including in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama—resulting in nearly 90 deaths and affecting an estimated 616,000 individuals to date.

Rainfall is expected to decrease across most of Central America in the coming days with less than 1 inch of rain expected on October 21, according to national meteorological services throughout the region. Over the past week, an estimated 12 inches of rain fell over northwest El Salvador. Forecasts for October 20 predict less than 1 inch of rainfall across much of the region and up to 3 inches over central Honduras. On October 21 and 22, heavy rains are expected in Panama and Nicaragua where rainfall accumulations of more than 3 inches are possible.