ACT Rapid Response Payment No. 31/2008: Honduras - Floods caused by tropical depression


Funds Sent To: Christian Aid

Amount Sent: US$ 60,000

Date: 11 November 2008

Details of Response

Emergency: Floods caused by tropical depression

Date of Emergency: Ongoing since 16 October 2008

Implementing Members: ACT members Christian Aid, Comision Cristiana de Desarrollo (CCD), DanChurchAid, HEKS, and LWF

DETAILS OF THE EMERGENCY: On 16 October, a tropical depression made landfall in Honduras and has been slowly crossing over Central America causing heavy rains from northern Costa Rica to south-eastern Mexico. The system affected severely northern, western and Southern regions of Honduras. These events caused rains of diverse intensity in the whole country but mainly in the southern and western area. The Government of Honduras declared a state of emergency on 20 October and formally requested humanitarian assistance. A great number of landslides were registered. A Red Alert remains in the Counties of Corquín and Cucuyagua in the Department of Copán, Belen Gualcho in Ocotepeque Department. A Yellow Alert remains in place in the Central District of Francisco Morazán and will be extended to the departments of Cortes.

The continuing rains are increasing the risk of floods and landslides in areas that were not previously affected. There are still communities only accessible by air. The COPECO is coordinating relief activities and continues its distribution of humanitarian aid to all those affected due to the heavy rains.