Honduras: Floods - Oct 2017
A cold weather system in late October 2017 has brought heavy rainfall to Honduras, causing rivers and gorges to flood. As of 29 October 2017, a red alert was in effect for the departments Gracias a Dios, Yoro, Islas de la Bahía, Cortés, Atlántida and Colón. A yellow alert was in place for departments Olancho, Santa Bárbara and Francisco Morazán and a green alert for the departments of Copán, Comayagua, La Paz, Valle, Choluteca, Lempira, Ocotepeque, Intibucá and El Paraíso.
According to official data provided by COPECO, the country's disaster management agency, the flooding has affected 9,515 families, including necessitating the evacuation of 8,872 families, or 26,701 people. The affected families are in urgent need of food, shelter, first aid, psychosocial support, water and sanitation support, and livelihood restoration. (IFRC, 8 Nov 2017)
After a month of the emergency there are still unmet needs among the affected population. ACT Honduras Forum through its local member Mennonite Social Action Commission (CASM) by it´ Spanish acronym, are responding to this crisis by providing Food security. 700 households will be benefited by this intervention. The ACT Secretariat have approved the use of 35,257.00 USD towards the budget from its Rapid Response, to provide humanitarian relief. (ACT Alliance, 30 Nov 2017)
On 18 December, ACT Alliance launched the Floods HND171 Appeal requiring US$ 109,875.04
↗ International prices of wheat and maize remained relatively stable in November, reflecting good supply conditions, while export quotations of rice strengthened amid increased buying interest and currency movements.
*Despite improvement in early season rainfall, Southern Africa continues to report moisture deficit *
Africa Weather Hazards
Above-average seasonal rainfall during early November has helped to alleviate early season moisture deficits across Somalia and eastern Kenya.
However, dryness remains in parts of the northern Somali region of eastern Ethiopia. Moisture recovery is unlikely in the northern region, as seasonal rains are expected to be concentrated towards the south through November.
The benchmark US wheat price declined in October mostly because of higher supply prospects while maize quotations firmed due to rain-induced harvest delays. International rice prices strengthened in October, mainly reflecting seasonally tight Japonica and fragrant supplies.