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
The Honduran Red Cross was unable to conduct this operation because the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) floods operation coincided with Honduras’s general elections on 26 November 2017 to elect its president, legislators and mayors for the next four years; this election marked the first time a president was up for reelection, which led to many demonstrations, marches and parades during the period leading up to the election due to conflicting opinions among Hondurans about this process.
Appeal Target: U$ 109,875.04
Balance requested: U$ 109,875.04
On 23 October 2017, the Permanent Contingency Commission (COPECO) declared a green alert in five of the country’s departments: Cortés, Yoro, Atlántida, Islas de La Bahía and Colón; the alert was declared in response to the arrival of the first cold front of the season, which brought heavy rains and prompted COPECO to raise the alert level for the departments of Islas de la Bahía, Cortés, Atlántida and Colón at 5:00 pm on 24 October.
A. SITUATION ANALYSIS
Description of the disaster
::: Más de 56,000 libras de alimento se entregaron en La Lima para asistencia :::
:::Copeco en SPS realizó la distribución de ayuda humanitaria para atender a unas 4,515 familias de la zona norte :::
La asistencia y entrega de ayuda humanitaria por parte de la Comisión Permanente de Contingencias (Copeco) no ha cesado en los municipios con mayor afectación en la zona norte, entre ellos La Lima.