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On 4 October 2017, according to the National Hurricane Center, life-threatening flash floods and mudslides are possible over portions of Central America from the Tropical Depression 16. Forecasts indicate the depression should be nearing the coast of Nicaragua early Thursday, then across…
Affected countries: Guatemala, Mexico
According to the [BBC], an 8.1-magnitude earthquake on the Richter Scale struck off the Pacific Coast of Mexico--around 87km (54 miles) south-west of Pijijiapan--at 23:50 local time on Thursday, 7 September 2017 (04:50 [GMT] Friday). A tsunami warning was issued for Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador,…
Affected countries: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico
Tropical Storm Franklin hit at 22:45 local time on Monday 7 August (03:45 GMT Tuesday) near the town of Pulticub, in the south-eastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo, on the Yucatan Peninsula, according to the National Weather Service of Mexico (SMN for its Spanish acronym). On Tuesday 8 August,…
Affected countries: Guatemala
The rainy season of 2017 has begun in many regions of the country and to date -CONRED-, has responded to 142 incidents that have directly and indirectly affected 144,415 people nationwide. In 20 departments of the country, actions have been taken to care for those affected - only Santa Rosa and…
Tropical Storm (TS) Earl was expected to make landfall on Belize, on Wednesday, 3 August 2016, and to further develop into a Category 1 Hurricane. (UNCT, 2 Aug 2016) In Dominican Republic, due to the passage of a low pressure system, heavy rain and strong winds have been affecting several parts of…
Affected countries: Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama
Several Central American countries have been affected by floods and landslides since June 2016. The situation was compounded by hurricane Otto, which struck Central America at the end of November. In Mexico, several states were affected by floods triggered by heavy rains in August 2016. The…
Affected countries: Guatemala
Heavy rains in Guatemala on 6 Jun 2015 resulted in floods and landslides, affecting more than 8,000 people in the departments of Guatemala and Sacatepéquez. (Gov. of Guatemala, 7 Jun 2015) On 13 June, authorities also reported about 1,500 people affected and 109 houses damaged by floods in the…
Between 2-4 May 2015, an unusual phenomenon produced waves two meters above sea level that left behind dozens of victims, evacuees and damage to infrastructure on the Pacific Ocean side of Latin America. The El Salvadoran coast was among the hardest hit, with damage across the entire coastal line…
Affected countries: Guatemala, Mexico
A 6.9-magnitude quake struck the Pacific coast of Mexico's Chiapas state near the border with Guatemala on 7 Jul 2014, killing three people in Mexico and two in Guatemala. In Mexico, 9,000 houses and several roads were damaged in 15 municipalities. (ECHO, 10 Jul 2014) In Guatemala, the…
The Dry Corridor in Central America, in particular Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, has been experiencing one of the worst droughts of the last ten years with over 3.5 million in need of humanitarian assistance. (FAO, 29 Jun 2016) The lack of rain since the middle of 2014 has resulted in the…
Dengue cases in Central America increased by 75.8 per cent compared to 2012 as of 3 Jul 2013 (WHO, 3 Jul 2013). By 1 Sep, 60 deaths and over 150,000 cases had been recorded across the region. Mexico and Costa Rica recorded the highest number of cases with 77,351 and 28,732 respectively. Honduras…
Affected countries: Guatemala
A 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific coast of Guatemala on 07 Nov 2012, killing 44 people and harming more than 25,000 (OCHA, 14 Nov 2012). The preliminary damage and needs assessment carried-out by government authorities revealed that 127 municipalities in 11 departments had been…
Affected countries: Guatemala
Rainfall deficits in July 2012 affected basic grain crops in numerous departments of the eastern and central regions of Guatemala, as well as in some departments of the western region. The lack of rain, combined with the presence of crop pests and diseases, led to the loss of maize and bean crops…
Affected countries: Belize, Guatemala, Mexico
Tropical Storm Ernesto killed 12 people in Mexico. Authorities in the state of Veracruz report 10,000 families affected in 57 municipalities. The state government requested a declaration of emergency for 163 municipalities because of damage to corn, bean and chayote crops. (OCHA, 13 Aug 2012)…
Affected countries: Guatemala
During the first three months of the 2012 rainy season, around 136,820 people were affected by floods, landslides and strong winds. Some 1,010 houses were damaged. The most affected departments were Petén, Zacapa, Guatemala, Quiché and Suchitepéquez. (OCHA, 23 Jul 2012)
Affected countries: Guatemala
Thousands of people were accommodated in shelters due to freezing temperatures that started mid-November, particularly affecting the departments of Guatemala, Huehuetenango, Jalapa, Quetzaltenango, Quiché, Sacatepéquez, San Marcos and Sololá (Government, 5 Dec 2011). Useful Links Coordinadora…
Since mid-October 2011, almost 2 million people have been affected by floods and landslides across Central America, including El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica and parts of Mexico. The Governments of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua have declared states…
Affected countries: Guatemala
At least 3,000 people are still in shelters after earthquakes struck the southern Department of Santa Rosa on 19 Sep 2011 (Government, 22 Sep 2011).
Affected countries: Guatemala
Since 23 Aug, floods triggered by heavy rains have affected more than 6,000 people in the department of Santa Rosa (Government of Guatemala, 25 Aug 2011).
Affected countries: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua
After Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall in southern Belize on Aug 20, flash floods were reported in low-lying areas and some houses were damaged or destroyed (CDEMA, 20 Aug 2011).