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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: 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…
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: Nicaragua
On 10 Apr 2014, a shallow 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck in Lago de Managua in Nicaragua's León department. Additional earthquakes were registered through 14 Apr. Two people were killed and more than 2,300 houses were damaged. (UNCT, 14 Apr 2014)
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: Nicaragua
Tropical storms and heavy rains caused flooding in Nicaragua's Región Autónoma Atlántico Norte (RAAN) and Región Autónoma Atlántico Sur (RAAS) starting in late May 2013. In the Prinzapolka municipality (RAAN), almost 10,000 people were affected in late June and more than 1,500 hectares of…
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: 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).
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…