1. Nature of the Disaster
Since October 13th, heavy rainfalls affected the Honduran territory due to the interaction of Tropical Depression 16th with a low depression current accompanied by a swell in the pacific coast. This brought as a consequence intensive rains all over the country, especially in the central and western area causing severe floods and landslides.
On October 19th the President of the Republic of Honduras declared a State of Emergency (Executive Decree No. 0292008). The decree ordered Ministries and specialized institutions under the coordination of the Permanent Commission for Contingencies (COPECO) to take immediate necessary actions utilizing funds from the national budget and the international community. Thus ensuring the relief activities such as rescue and aid support to continue.