Honduras: Hazard Identification Tool - Floods, 22 Oct 2008

Situation Report
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This profile is not a conclusive list. Other hazards may not be readily identifiable. The information sources used are public websites. All efforts are made to screen the websites for accuracy.


The objective of the Hazard Identification Tool (HIT) is to alert the UN Country Team and emergency responders to potential secondary risks after a natural disaster posed by large infrastructure and industrial facilities containing hazardous materials located in the affected area. This information can be shared with competent local and national authorities as appropriate. Any actual secondary risk should be addressed at the earliest possible stage.


The HIT provides the user with the (expected) location of hazards in the affected area. In addition, the substances that are expected to be present in these facilities are listed, as also the hazard type for the whole of the substances. The last column gives the estimated impact type of the hazard. The methodology of the HIT is based on the Flash Environmental Assessment Tool (FEAT), a scientific assessment methodology to detect the most acute hazards to human health and the environment after natural disasters.


A stationary low pressure area over the North Western Caribbean Sea has been producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. In Honduras, heavy rains have caused landslides and flooding, killing 14 people and affecting 200,000, of which 4,000 have been placed in temporary shelters. The government has declared a state of yellow alert in the departments of Choluteca and Valle.

The Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit

The Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit is the United Nations mechanism to mobilize and coordinate the international response to environmental emergencies caused by natural disaster, technological accidents and complex emergencies.

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