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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: Costa Rica
Since late June 2015 heavy and constant rains have affected various locations in central and eastern Costa Rica, causing damage and forcing evacuations in the provinces of Limón, Heredia and Cartago. On 27 June 2015, the government of Costa Rica declared a Red Alert for the Costa Rican Caribbean…
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: Costa Rica, Panama
During last week of July 2012, heavy rains increased the water level of the rivers that Costa Rica shares with Panama - especially the Sixaola. The most affected provinces were Cartago and Limón in Costa Rica and Bocas del Toro in Panama. (OCHA, 30 Jul 2012) In Panama, more than 1,400 people were…
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: Costa Rica
In November 2010 a low pressure system generated intense rainfall and flooding in the northern area and Caribbean coast of the country, which severely impacted the regions’ water systems, damaging aqueducts and contaminating wells. According to the National Commission for Risk Prevention and…
Hurricane Tomas began affecting the Caribbean islands on 29 October 2010, as a strong tropical low-pressure area that quickly developed into a Tropical Storm and upgraded to Hurricane status by 31 October. It affected ten countries in the region and resulted in flooding, landslides and…
Affected countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Jamaica
Heavy rains associated with Tropical Storm Nicole which swept through the Caribbean between the 28th and 29th of September caused flooding, landslides and storms surges in Jamaica. (OCHA, 29 Jun 2011). Statistics from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management indicate that as of…
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…
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…
Affected countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba (The Netherlands), Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Channel Islands, Chile, China, China - Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region), China - Macau (Special Administrative Region), China - Taiwan Province, Colombia, Congo, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guiana (France), French Polynesia (France), Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guadeloupe (France), Guam, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Ireland, Isle of Man (The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Martinique (France), Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles (The Netherlands), New Caledonia (France), New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, occupied Palestinian territory, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico (The United States of America), Qatar, Republic of Korea, Réunion (France), Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Thailand, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United Republic of Tanzania, United States of America, United States Virgin Islands, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Viet Nam, World, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Since its emergence in April 2009, pandemic influenza A(H1N1) 2009 virus affected all parts of the world, causing the first influenza pandemic since 1968. Following the observation that 1 or 2 epidemic periods had occurred in most countries and in most WHO Regions, WHO declared on 10 Aug 2010 that…