Caribbean: Tropical Depression Fifteen OCHA Situation Report No. 1

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 31 Oct 2001
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2001/0221
Tropical Depression Fifteen
The Caribbean
Honduras, Nicaragua
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
31 October 2001

1. The National Weather Center in Miami reports that at 1500 GMT, 31 October 2001, the center of tropical depression Fifteen was located near latitude 14.9 north, longitude 83.6 west, or about 30 miles (45 km) west of Cabo Gracias a Dios, Nicaragua. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/hr) with higher gusts.

HONDURAS

2. On 29 October, the Government declared the following five departments as emergency areas: Atlántida, Colón, Cortés, Santa Barbara and Yoro. The floods come in the wake of a prolonged drought that destroyed corn and bean crops in the south, center and west of the country, affecting some 800,000 Hondurans.

3. Yoro is the worse affected department: no access by road, no supply of drinking water and electricity.

4. The Comisión Permanente de Contingencias (COPECO) reported on 30 October 2001: 1 person dead, 7 people missing, 416 people evacuated, 4,393 people affected, 28 houses damaged/ destroyed, 6 bridges damaged/ destroyed, 1 school damaged, 3 public buildings damaged.

5. COPECO sent emergency rations for about 1,000 families in towns affected, especially those in La Lima, which saw some homes submerged under more than a meter of water. COPECO received 25 tons of food items from WFP to support 130 families for 10 days. The US Government has provided 100 rolls of plastic sheeting for temporary shelter targeting 400-600 families.

6. So far, the Government has not requested international assistance.

NICARAGUA

7. Most affected areas in the Región Autónoma del Atlántico Norte (RAAN) are: Sandy Bay Norte, Lidaukura, Raytl Pura, Ninayaris, Tasbaraya, Prahya and Tawasaky.

8. 900 people have been affected, 6 people are missing and 1 person has been reported dead.

9. It is feared that the transport from the interior of the country of basic supplies to the city of Puerto Cabezas might be cut off.

10. So far, the Government has not requested international assistance.

11. For further information, please refer to the website of the National Hurricane Service in Miami at www.nhc.noaa.gov, and www.solar.ifa.hawaii.edu/Tropical/Gif/atl.latest.gif.

12. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at http://www.reliefweb.int

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