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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…
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: El Salvador
El Salvador is the first country in Central America with a chikungunya outbreak. Several cases appeared in early June 2014 in the municipality of Axutuxtepeque in the Department of San Salvador. Dengue cases have also increased in the country in recent months. On 18 Jun, the Ministry of Health,…
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: El Salvador
El Salvador's Chaparrastique volcano erupted on 29 Dec 2013, spewing a column of ash that rose more than 5 km above the volcano. Falling ash affected the population living on the volcano's western side, where 2,300 people were relocated to 16 collective centers set up by the authorities…
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…
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, 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…
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…
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…