Honduras Floods Sep 1993 UN DHA Situation Reports 1 - 4

Report
from UN Department of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 02 Sep 1993


DHA-GENEVA 93/0344

HONDURAS - FLOODS
DHA-GENEVA SITUATION REPORT NO. 1
2 SEPTEMBER 1993

SITUATION

1. DUE TO CONTINUOUS HEAVY RAINFALL FOLLOWING TROPICAL STORM BRET, MOSQUITIA REGION IN NORTHEAST HONDURAS IS SUFFERING FROM SEVERE FLOODING.

2. MOSQUITIA REGION COVERS 20,300 KM2, INCLUDING CONTINENTAL LAND, EXTENSIVE LAGOON SYSTEMS AND CANALS. TOTAL POPULATION IS APPROXIMATELY 52,000. LOCAL INFRASTRUCTURE (ROADS, TELECOMMUNICATIONS, PUBLIC HEALTH, WATER SANITATION, HOUSING AND EDUCATION FACILITIES) IS POOREST IN THE COUNTRY.

IMPACT

3. LATEST OFFICIAL GOVT REPORT INDICATES :

- 16,000 PEOPLE AFFECTED

- 498 HOUSES COMPLETELY DESTROYED

- 249 HOUSES SEVERELY DAMAGED

- 3 SCHOOLS AND 2 MEDICAL CENTRES SEVERELY DAMAGED

- 14 FISHING BOATS SEVERELY DAMAGED

- TOTAL OF 1200 HA. CULTIVATED AREA DAMAGED, OF WHICH 512 HA. (RICE, YUCA, PLANTAIN AND BEANS) COMPLETELY LOST

- 500 HEAD OF CATTLE LOST

PROJECTED EVOLUTION

4. NATIONAL METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE INDICATES SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN RAINFALL IS EXPECTED THIS REGION FROM SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER.

5. SEVERE NUTRITIONAL PROBLEM IS FORESEEN, BECAUSE FAMILY AND COMMERCIAL CROPS HAVE BEEN LOST AND NO LOCAL FOOD PRODUCTION IS EXPECTED OVER NEXT SIX MONTHS DUE TO CONTINUOUS RAINFALL.

6. DIARRHEA, MALARIA AND RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS ARE INCREASING. SKIN DISEASES ARE ESPECIALLY AFFECTING CHILDREN.

NEEDS

7. FOLLOWING ARE IMMEDIATE NEEDS:

- BASIC GRAINS

- MEDICINES (LIST BEING PREPARED BY MINISTRY OF HEALTH)

- BASIC HOUSEHOLD UTENSILS

- BASIC AGRICULTURAL TOOLS (MACHETES, SPADES, HOES, ETC.)

- BASIC CONSTRUCTION TOOLS (HAMMERS, DRILLS, ETC.)

- ELECTRIC GENERATORS

- CLOTHES AND BLANKETS

- FISHING HOOKS AND NETS

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE

8. NATIONAL EMERGENCY COMMISSION (COPECO) AND ARMED FORCES HAVE ESTABLISHED AN AIR-BRIDGE PROVIDING FOOD, CLOTHES, MEDICINES, AND MEDICAL AND ASSESSMENT TEAMS. LOCAL EMERGENCY COMMITTEE HAS EVACUATED SEVERAL SMALL COMMUNITIES TO SAFER AREAS.

9. HONDURAN RED CROSS, CARE, VARIOUS CHURCHES AND NATIONAL NGO'S ARE HELPING VICTIMS BUT ARE REPORTED TO BE IN NEED OF ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE.

10. ON 30 AUGUST, U.N. DISASTER MANAGEMENT TEAM (UNDMT) MET WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF COPECO TO ANALYZE SITUATION. COPECO STATED THAT AN OFFICIAL DECLARATION OF 'REGIONAL EMERGENCY' IS EXPECTED IN NEXT FEW DAYS IF WATER LEVELS DO NOT FALL. UNDMT MISSION TO AFFECTED SITE IS BEING ARRANGED.

11. DHA IS PREPARED TO SERVE AS A CHANNEL FOR CASH CONTRIBUTIONS TO BE USED DURING IMMEDIATE RELIEF PHASE. FUNDS ARE SPENT IN COORDINATION WITH RELEVANT ORGANIZATIONS OF U.N. SYSTEM, AND DHA PROVIDES DONOR GOVERNMENTS WITH WRITTEN CONFIRMATION ON UTILIZATION OF FUNDS CONTRIBUTED.
12. FUNDS SHOULD BE TRANSFERRED TO DHA ACCOUNT NO. CO-590.160.1 AT SWISS BANK CORPORATION, CASE POSTALE 2770, CH-1211 GENEVA 2, WITH FOLLOWING REFERENCE: 'HONDURAS, FLOODS, DHA-GENEVA.'

13. FOR COORDINATION PURPOSES, DONORS ARE REQUESTED TO INFORM DHA-GENEVA, AS INDICATED BELOW, OF PLEDGES/CONTRIBUTIONS AND THEIR CORRESPONDING VALUE BY ITEM.

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DHA-GENEVA 93/0373

HONDURAS - TROPICAL STORM GERT AND FLOODS
DHA-GENEVA SITUATION REPORT NO. 2
20 SEPTEMBER 1993

SITUATION

1. TROPICAL STORM GERT HIT NORTHERN HONDURAS ON 17 SEPTEMBER AND SUBSEQUENT RAINS CAUSED SEVERE FLOODING. NORTHWEST OF COUNTRY WAS MOST AFFECTED. NORTHEAST MOSQUITIA REGION AFFECTED BY FLOODING FROM CONTINUOUS RAINFALL AFTER TROPICAL STORM BRET IS ALSO SUFFERING HEAVILY.

2. 12 PEOPLE DEAD, MOSTLY CHILDREN. DEATH TOLL WAS MINIMIZED THANKS TO WARNING SYSTEM AND PREVENTIVE EVACUATION OF SEVERAL HUNDRED INHABITANTS. TOTAL OF OVER 34,000 PEOPLE AFFECTED THROUGHOUT COUNTRY, 18,000 IN NORTHWEST AND 16,000 IN NORTHEAST MOSQUITIA REGION.

3. EXTENSIVE AREAS IN SAN PEDRO, COUNTRY'S SECOND LARGEST CITY, AND NEIGHBOURING MUNICIPALITIES ARE INUNDATED. HEAVY FLOODING HERE FORCED EXTENSIVE EVACUATION OF RESIDENTS. SINCE 19 SEPTEMBER SAN PEDRO SULA AIRPORT CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING.

4. EXTENSIVE AREAS OF BANANA, SUGAR AND CITRUS PLANTATIONS ARE FLOODED AS LOW-LYING RIVERS BROKE RIVER BANKS IN SEVERAL PLACES.

5. DAMAGE REPORTED IN 13 OF 18 DEPARTMENTS THROUGHOUT COUNTRY. ASSESSMENT OF MATERIAL DAMAGE IS UNDER WAY.

6. DUE TO UNSTABLE WEATHER AND FURTHER TROPICAL STORMS WHICH MAY AFFECT HONDURAS IN NEXT 2 TO 3 DAYS, FURTHER AGGRAVATION OF SITUATION IS FEARED.

NEEDS

7. UN RESIDENT CORRDINATOR REPORTS THAT NORTHWEST AND POSSIBLY OTHER PARTS OF COUNTRY WILL REQUIRE A 30-DAY EMERGENCY OPERATION. FOR MOSQUITIA REGION, ALREADY SUFFERING FROM FLOODS, LONGER ASSISTANCE IS REQUIRED, SINCE PLANTING SEASON IS ALMOST OVER AND NO CROPS CAN BE EXPECTED FOR ABOUT 6 MONTHS.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE

8. UNDMT ASSESSMENT MISSION VISITED MOSQUITIA REGION 4 TO 9 SEPT. AND REPORTED THAT FOOD, HEALTH AND HOUSING ASSISTANCE ARE URGENTLY NEEDED. ALSO NEEDED ARE COMMUNICATION AND TRANSPORTATION TO DISTRIBUTE AID TO AFFECTED COMMUNITIES.

9. ON 18 SEPTEMBER, THE PRESIDENT ACCOMPANIED BY UN RESIDENT COORDINATOR VISITED NORTHWEST OF COUNTRY BY HELICOPTER TO ASSESS SITUATION. PRESIDENT AND CABINET ISSUED AN EXECUTIVE DECREE, EFFECTIVE 20 SEPTEMBER, DECLARING LOCAL EMERGENCY FOR VARIOUS MUNICIPALITIES IN NORTHWEST AND MOSQUITIA REGION.

10. NATIONAL EMERGENCY COMMISSION (COPECO) ACTIVE AS FOCAL POINT IN COUNTRY FOR OPERATIONS. ALL ASSISTANCE TO BE COORDINATED BY COPECO.

11. MOST IMMEDIATE NEEDS OF FOOD, SUPPLIES AND MEDICINES AND PROVISIONAL SHELTERS BEING PROVIDED BY NATIONAL AUTHORITIES WITH SUPPORT OF NGOS AND DONATIONS FROM PRIVATE SECTOR.

12. FURTHER NEEDS FOR IMMEDIATE RELIEF SUPPLIES BEING ASSESSED AND WILL BE REPORTED SHORTLY. GOVY IS ASKING DONORS TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THESE ASSESSED NEEDS.

13. DONORS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PROVIDE CASH CONTRIBUTIONS FOR LOCAL PURCHASE OF IMMEDIATE RELIEF ITEMS.

14. DHA-GENEVA IS ALLOCATING AN EMERGENCY GRANT OF USD 25,000. UNDP HAS MADE USD 50,000 AVAILABLE TOWARDS A PROJECT WHICH AIMS TO FILL GAPS, PARTICULARLY FOR PURCHASE OF SHELTER MATERIALS AND TO ASSIST WITH LOGISTICS FOR DISTRIBUTING SUPPLIES TO COMMUNITIES NOT EASILY ACCESSIBLE. FURTHER CASH CONTRIBUTIONS ARE BEING SOUGHT FROM DONORS TO FILL THESE GAPS. WFP IS READY TO PROVIDE AVAILABLE RATIONS IN COUNTRY.

15. DHA IS PREPARED TO SERVE AS A CHANNEL FOR CASH CONTRIBUTIONS TO BE USED DURING IMMEDIATE RELIEF PHASE. FUNDS ARE SPENT IN COORDINATION WITH RELEVANT ORGANIZATIONS OF U.N. SYSTEM, AND DHA PROVIDES DONOR GOVERNMENTS WITH WRITTEN CONFIRMATION ON UTILIZATION OF FUNDS CONTRIBUTED.

16. FUNDS SHOULD BE TRANSFERRED TO DHA ACCOUNT NO. CO-590.160.1 AT SWISS BANK CORPORATION, CASE POSTALE 2770, CH-1211 GENEVA 2, WITH FOLLOWING REFERENCE: 'HONDURAS - TROPICAL STORM GERT AND FLOODS, DHA-GENEVA.'

17. FOR COORDINATION PURPOSES, DONORS ARE REQUESTED TO INFORM DHA-GENEVA, AS INDICATED BELOW, OF PLEDGES/CONTRIBUTIONS AND THEIR CORRESPONDING VALUE BY ITEM.

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DHA-GENEVA 93/0388

HONDURAS - TROPICAL STORM GERT AND FLOODS
DHA-GENEVA SITUATION REPORT NO. 3
28 SEPTEMBER 1993

SITUATION

1. LATEST GOVT REPORT INDICATES 27 DEAD, 12 MISSING AND 67,447 PEOPLE DIRECTLY AFFECTED, 60 PERCENT OF WHOM HAVE BEEN EVACUATED. GOVT IS PROVIDING TEMPORARY SHELTER FOR APPROX. 27,000 PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY RESIDENTS NEAR RIVER BANKS WHO CANNOT RETURN HOME DUE TO FLOODING.

2. APPROX. 5,900 FAMILIES LOST THEIR SOURCE OF INCOME. DAMAGE TO AGRICULTURE STILL TO BE DETERMINED. DAMAGE TO ROADS/BRIDGES ESTIMATED AT APPROX. USD 5 MILLION. RIVER BANKS IN SULA VALLEY HAVE SUFFERED MUCH DAMAGE BUT CANNOT BE ASSESSED UNTIL WATER LEVEL RECEDES.

3. SITUATION IN THE MOSQUITIA REGION REMAINS TO BE FURTHER CLARIFIED DUE TO THE DIFFICULTY TO ACCESS THAT AREA.

4. FEARS OF FURTHER TROPICAL STORMS HAVE TEMPORARILY DIMINISHED BUT WEATHER IS STILL UNSTABLE.

NEEDS

5. MOST IMMEDIATE NEEDS ARE STILL FOOD, BASIC HOUSEHOLD SUPPLIES AND MEDICINES. ALSO, THERE IS GREAT NEED OF TRANSPORT TO ACCESS AFFECTED AREAS AND DISTRIBUTE AID.

6. CLOSE ATTENTION NEEDS TO BE PAID TO HEALTH OF AFFECTED
PERSONS, ESPECIALLY THOSE IN SHELTERS.

7. MINISTRY OF HEALTH, ASSISTED BY WHO/PAHO, HAS IDENTIFIED LIST
OF NECESSARY MEDICINES TOTALING USD 208,000. POTENTIAL DONORS
MAY OBTAIN DETAILED LIST FROM DHA-GENEVA OR WHO.

8. REHABILITATION OF SEWAGE SYSTEMS, WATER WORKS AND LATRINES
NEEDED URGENTLY.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE

9. UNDMT ASSISTING COPECO WITH RELIEF COORDINATION AND MAINTAINING CLOSE CONTACT WITH DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS, AID AGENCIES AND
NGO'S. UN RESIDENT COORDINATOR HAS IDENTIFIED AN EXPERT TO
ASSESS SITUATION AND ASSIST COPECO.

10. UN RESIDENT COORDINATOR AND COPECO WILL VISIT MOSQUITIA AREA
ON 30 SEPTEMBER TO REVIEW SITUATION.

11. WHO/PAHO HAS ISSUED AN APPEAL TO COVER IMMEDIATE NEEDS FOR
MEDICINES AS STATED IN PARA 7 ABOVE.

12. CONTRIBUTIONS REPORTED TO DHA-GENEVA:

UN SYSTEM
US DLRS
DHA-GENEVA
EMERGENCY GRANT
25,000
UNDP
EMERGENCY GRANT
100,000
WHO/PAHO
CASH FOR MEDICINES
10,000
CASH
40,000
WFP
FOOD RATIONS FOR 1,095 PERSONSFOR 7 DAYS
4,425
GOVERNMENTS
CANADA
CASH FOR MEDICINES
39,000
GERMANY
CASH
29,000
HOLY SEE
CASH
30,000
JAPAN
CASH
50,000
35 GENERATORS, 2 MEDICAL KITS AND 2,000 WATER PURIFICATION TABLETS
112,300
U.K.
CASH FOR MEDICINES THROUGH DHA-GENEVA
50,000
U.S.A
PROVISION OF AIRCRAFT TO DELIVER AID
(++)

(++) - VALUE NOT REPORTED

13. DONORS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PROVIDE CASH CONTRIBUTIONS FOR LOCAL PURCHASE OF IMMEDIATE RELIEF ITEMS.

14. DHA IS PREPARED TO SERVE AS A CHANNEL FOR CASH CONTRIBUTIONS TO BE USED DURING IMMEDIATE RELIEF PHASE. FUNDS ARE SPENT IN COORDINATION WITH RELEVANT ORGANIZATIONS OF U.N. SYSTEM, AND
DHA PROVIDES DONOR GOVERNMENTS WITH WRITTEN CONFIRMATION ON UTILIZATION OF FUNDS CONTRIBUTED.

15. FUNDS SHOULD BE TRANSFERRED TO DHA ACCOUNT NO. CO-590.160.1 AT SWISS BANK CORPORATION, CASE POSTALE 2770, CH-1211 GENEVA 2, WITH REFERENCE: 'HONDURAS - TROPICAL STORM GERT AND FLOODS, DHA-GENEVA.' 16. FOR COORDINATION PURPOSES, DONORS ARE REQUESTED TO INFORM
DHA-GENEVA, AS INDICATED BELOW, OF PLEDGES/CONTRIBUTIONS AND THEIR CORRESPONDING VALUE BY ITEM.

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DHA-GENEVA 93/0467

HONDURAS - TROPICAL STORM GERT AND FLOODS
DHA-GENEVA SITUATION REPORT NO. 4
10 NOVEMBER 1993

1. IN THE NORTH ZONE, EFFECTIVE ORGANIZATION OF CIVILIAN COMMUNITY LED TO TIMELY PROVISION OF RELIEF (FOOD, MEDICAL CARE, CLOTHING, KITCHEN UTENSILS) AND SHELTER TO THE AFFECTED POPULATION, INCLUDING EVACUATION WHEN REQUIRED. REHABILITATION MEASURES NOW UNDERWAY.

2. IN REGION LA MOSQUITIA, WHICH IS DIFFICULT TO ACCESS, FINAL OFFICIAL ESTIMATE INDICATES OVERALL 24,000 PEOPLE AFFECTED. VERY LIMITED ROAD NETWORKING BETWEEN COMMUNITIES AND NO EFFECTIVE
MOBILIZATION FACILITIES TO ORGANIZE INTER-COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE MADE RELIEF ACTION TARDY.

3. WITH CASH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SOURCES AND COOPERATION BETWEEN NATIONAL EMERGENCY COMMISSION, UN SYSTEM AND NGOS, E.G. CARE INTERNATIONAL, SUPPORT WAS GIVEN IN MEDICAL CARE AND EVACUATION ACTIVITIES. FOOD ASSISTANCE PROVIDED
COVERS REQUIREMENTS OF AFFECTED 24,000 FOR 30 DAYS. A TEMPORARY HOUSING PROJECT HAS BEEN IMPLEMENTED FOR MOST NEEDY 120 FAMILIES.

4. FOR COORDINATION PURPOSES, DONORS ARE REQUESTED TO INFORM DHA-GENEVA, AS INDICATED BELOW, OF PLEDGES/CONTRIBUTIONS AND THEIR CORRESPONDING VALUE BY ITEM.

5. THIS IS LAST REPORT FOR THIS EMERGENCY UNLESS THERE ARE UNFORESEEN DEVELOPMENTS.

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