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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: Mexico
The magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck central and southern Mexico [on 19 September], killing more than 200 people, according to the government. Buildings in Mexico City and Puebla, near the quake’s epicentre, have collapsed, and there are reports of severe damage to infrastructure, including…
Affected countries: Guatemala, Mexico
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…
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,…
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…
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…
Affected countries: Mexico
Tropical cyclones Ingrid and Manual hit almost simultaneously the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Mexico respectively from 12 to 17 Sep 2013. Extended flooding affected numerous places in the country and a state of Natural Disaster was declared in 56 municipalities of Guerrero and 10 in Oaxaca. 22…
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: 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: Mexico
About 12,000 families in the Coastal and South Sierra areas of Oaxaca were affected by Hurricane Carlotta, which made landfall on 15 Jun 2012 as a category one storm. At least seven people died, 29,000 houses were damaged, and more than 81 municipalities declared a state of emergency. (OCHA, 25 Jun…
Affected countries: Mexico
1,106 houses were damaged by the earthquake that struck the state of Guerrero on Dec 10, affecting 3,371 people (Government, 5 Jan 2012).
Affected countries: Mexico
The state of emergency has been declared in the states of Durango, Zacatecas and Veracruz where 71 municipalities are affected by a cold wave (Government, 7 Dec 2011).
Affected countries: Mexico
Drought is affecting at least 1,500 communities in northern States (including Zacatecas, Durango, Aguascalientes, Coahuila and Chihuahua) with 2,5 million people suffering from lack of potable water (Government, 26 Nov 2011).
Affected countries: Mexico
Hurricane Jova struck the states of Colima, Jalisco, Tabasco, Oaxaca y Campeche, causing floods and mudslides that affected more than 92,000 people (Govt of Mexico).
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: Mexico
Heavy rains have left at least 74 deaths and more than 40,000 people affected in the states of Chiapas, Estado de México, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Sinaloa, Tabasco y Veracruz (Government, 6 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).