ACT Alert: Floods and Landslides in Central America
1. Brief description of the emergency
The Central American region is still affected by Hurricane Jova and Tropical Depression 12E. A low pressure system has continued for ten days resulting in heavy rains and causing death and serious damage to infrastructure, crops and livelihoods. On Wednesday 19 October 2011, this system was replaced by a cold front from the north and is hitting the people already affected by the rains and landslides.
Governments in the region have confirmed 89 people dead and thousands living in makeshift shelters. Entire communities are cut off by the floods and remain inaccessible due to damaged roads.
The following information has been received from the Centre for the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America (CEPREDENAC) and ACT Forums: