As of October 27, it is estimated that about 410 000 people have been affected (70 per cent of them in Honduras), with tens of thousands of families evacuated from their homes, with loss of about 50 human lives and severe damage to housing and transport infrastructure. While official assessments are still underway, important losses are reported in the agricultural sector. Important staple food such as maize, beans and paddy, whose second season harvest was about to start, are among the most affected crops, but damage is also reported for important cash crops such as bananas, sugar cane, papayas, pumpkins and sesame. In many cases, households' food reserves have been washed away and lost. Floods also affected the livestock sector, with deaths of animals and losses of pasture land. Food and non-food emergency assistance is being provided by the international community.
Currently, a broad area of low pressure located about midway between the Cape Verde islands and the Lesser Antilles is drifting in a west-northwest direction. It is unclear whether it will become a full tropical cyclone in the next days but the situation needs to be closely monitored: additional precipitation may further affect local livelihood systems and food supply since soils are already saturated and river water levels very high.