Honduras + 4 more

Central America: Floods Flash Note No. 01 (as of 12 October 2018)

Situation Report
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This report is produced by OCHA ROLAC office in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It was issued by 12/102018. It covers the period from 05 – 12 October 2018. The next Flash Note will be issued if required.


  • Two low pressure systems, one in the Atlantic and one in the Pacific, caused intense rainfall and flash floods throughout Central America.
  • The affected people are being assisted by the municipal and local authorities.
  • In Honduras, losses in the agricultural sector could reach $100 million.
  • In Honduras and El Salvador classes will resume next Monday.

People affected in the region
deaths in the countries impacted
Million In agricultural losses in Honduras

Situation Overview

Two low pressure systems, one in the Atlantic and the other in the Pacific, caused intense rainfall conditions, flash floods in several communities in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua since 5 October.

In all these countries, prevention alert systems were activated.

An estimated 21 people have died, and more than 187,000 people have been affected throughout the Mesoamerican region.

For the safety of students, classes are suspended in many municipalities in the most affected areas of the impacted countries. Some schools are being used as shelters.

Distributions of aid to affected people who failed to evacuate are hampered due that roads and bridges are damaged or blocked by landslides, however, response actions continuing.

The United Nations agencies in all the mentioned countries have presented their willingness to support the authorities if necessary.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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