Honduras: Situation Report no. 5 - Rains October 2008

Situation Report
Originally published
UN Disaster Management Team/UN Emergency Technical Team (UNETE)

1.-Current Situation

COPECO continues with relief actions and aid distribution in the affected areas. As today October 25th, they report the following damages:

- Affected people: 270,490

- Evacuated people: 42,234

- Directly affected people: 55,403

- People in shelters: 38,604

- Affected houses: 10,392

- Death people: 33

- Desaparead people: 16

- 50% of roads affected 252 ( flooding and landslides)

- Agriculture (Mz.) 100,000 Mz.

- Departaments Affected: 17

- Municipilaties affected: 114 de 298(40%)

- Population without energy service

- 150,000 (Olancho Department)

Weather conditions: Rains have been decreased for the weekend. A low pressure system continues along the country.

Forecast: The forecast is for no significant rain for the next 24. However a cold system is moving across of the region, and it is expected that its effects to start on Monday. Due this COPECO continues the tracking of this system.

Alerts: The RED ALERT remains in the municipalities of Corquín and Cucuyagua in Copan Department; and Belén Gualcho in Ocotepeque; and Pimienta, Villanueva, Potrerillos, San Manuel, Choloma y Puerto Cortes at Cortes Department; Tela at Atlantida Department; and El Progreso, Santa Rita and El Negrito at Yoro Department. YELLOW ALERT in the central distric of Francisco Morazán. GREEN ALERT continues in the rest of the territory.

2. Coordination

- One of the three missions assessment organized by the UNDMT, has returned from the North of Honduras.

- There are still two missions in the field and they will be return on Sunday afternoon. A compilation of the information will be presented on Monday 27th.

- A coordination UNDMT meeting took place on Saturday afternoon, and some of assessments results have been discussed. A decision to present the results of the work that all the agencies of UN and international missions are carrying out to support the response activities to the local Government was identified as a priority. Due this the UNDAC Mission will be elaborating the presentation and a meeting will be held on Sunday afternoon with the local authorities.

- Proposals for the elaboration of CERF document and Flash Appeal have been coordinated by cluster leads and national counterparts, as NGOs with presence in the country. It is expected that a first draft of both documents will be ready for Sunday afternoon.

- UNDAC Team continues supporting the different response activities. Four members will be deployed on Sunday morning to contribute with the rapid need assessment.

Contact details:

UNETT : unete.hn@undp.org

Juan José Ferrando. juan.ferrando@undp.org
Mobile: +504 9608-0149

UNDAC Team Leader
Marco Rodriguez. rodriguez38@un.org
Mobile: +504 9970-2627