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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: 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: Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama
As of 24 November, Otto was a category 2 hurricane. The authorities in Costa Rica declared a state of emergency on 23 November. A red alert was in effect for several cantones in the Atlantic coast and northern regions and a yellow alert for the rest of the country. The President announced…
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…
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…
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: Honduras
A low pressure area affecting several regions in Honduras caused six deaths and forced the evacuation of 630 people between 18-29 May 2012. About 200 houses were damaged, and 70 of those were destroyed completely. (OCHA, 4 Jun 2012)
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: Honduras
More 400 than houses have been damaged by high tides on the Pacific Coast. Around 155 families were taken to shelters (Govt of Honduras, 2 Sep 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).
Affected countries: Honduras
The sixth tropical wave (typical of the rainy season in Central America and Mexico) brought rains that have kept the country in alert for 13 out of 18 departments in the country. Authorities confirmed the deaths of six people. About 2,500 people remain isolated in the department of Valle, due to…
Affected countries: Belize, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico
Hurricane Paula crossed through Cuba, Belize, Mexico, and Honduras. The hurricane left minimal agricultural damages and flooding in Mexico, Honduras, and Cuba.
On 23 September 2010, Tropical Storm Matthew developed while approaching the Central American Atlantic coastline. Several preventive measures were taken to respond to the increased risk as Central America had previously experienced high rainfall since Tropical Storm Agatha that left the soil…
Affected countries: Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua
Tropical Storm Agatha struck several countries in Central America on the first days of June, marking the arrival of the hurricane season. In Nicaragua, after the passage of Agatha, severe rains continued to fall for several months. Since 17 August 2010, the Pacific, the northern and central regions…
Affected countries: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama
Central America experienced high rainfall during the 2010 hurricane season commencing with Tropical Storm Agatha which led to thousands being affected. Throughout the last few months of the season, rain continued to fall and produced localized flooding in several countries. (IFRC, 27 September…
Alex was the 1st hurricane of the 2010 hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean. It reached category 2 and it was born in the Caribbean Sea moving slowly to the west reaching land on the northern part of Belize City. On June 26th, it was elevated to Tropical Storm category when it touched Belize. It…
Tropical Storm Agatha brought strong winds and torrential rain in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. At least 216,000 people were affected by Agatha and around 101,000 people stayed in shelters, the majority of them in Guatemala. 185 people died, most of them in Guatemala. The 3 countries…
As of 8 March 2010, the countries of the Region reported a total of 146,006 cases of dengue, out of which 2,706 were severe dengue. A total of 79 deaths have been reported, with a Regional fatality rate of 2.9%. (PAHO, 8 Mar 2010) At the beginning of 2011, several countries in South America were…