Central America - Hurricane Earl (as of 9 August 2016)



  • 33 people dead

  • 500 people in shelters - Damages to infrastructure such as bridges, roads, schools and houses, people are in cut-off areas.

  • The Damage Assessment Committee is activated.

  • The Federal Government has declared a state of emergency in 3 municipalities (Huauchinango, Tlaoala and Xicotepec) and Emergency Funding (FONDEN) is activated.

13 people died from landslides; damages in 29 municipalities, 2,650 damaged houses; 26 roads and 6 bridges affected.
The Federal Government declared a state of emergency for the municipalities of Palenque and Tecpatán (State of Chiapas) and Othón P. Blanco, Bacalar y José María Morelos (State of Quintana Roo) after severe rains between 2 and 5 August 2016

Response actions
The Government is carrying out damage and needs assessments. Authorities are conducting censuses in scattered regions of the States of Puebla and Veracruz in order to identify people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

The Government continues to carry-out relief efforts and assist some 10,000 people affected.

  • A US$50,000 Emergency Cash Grant has been approved to support relief efforts.

  • UN Agencies and partners are activating internal funding mechanisms and continue to support Government efforts.

  • 95% of electricity has been restored and water distribution is being carried out in areas that still lack this service.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:
To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit https://www.unocha.org/.