Honduras + 3 more

PAHO Weekly Report, 06 - 12 Dec 2008

News and Press Release
Originally published

Heavy rainfall as a result of the cold front affecting Central America has aggravated flooding in Hondurasand Panama.

Honduras: Intense rainfall due to the Cold Front has caused widespread flooding in the city of La Ceibain the Department of Atlántida. No deaths reported; 250 people have been evacuated; 6 houses destroyed.

The Government has issued a RED Alert for La Ceiba. The NationalEmergencyOperationsCenteris coordinating search, rescue & evacuation operations with the Fire Department, National Armed Forces, the Honduran Red Cross, National Civil Police and the Emergencies Committee (CODEM).

Panama: 560 people still housed in 4 temporary shelters. A total of 23,700 affected persons reported; 3,300 houses damaged or destroyed.

The National Civil Protection Service (SINAPROC) has declared Yellow Alert for Bocas del Toro, Comarca Ngobe Bugle and Colon. Chiriquí remains under Green Alert.

Affected population is at risk of skin, intestinal, respiratory infections and other water-borne diseases. All response operations are coordinated by SINAPROC.


Flooding due to heavy rains in Santa Catarina has resulted in 126 deaths and 27 persons missing. Furthermore, 33,479 persons have been displaced, of which 6,243 are sheltered. State of emergency in 13 municipalities.

Over 40 cases of leptospirosis have been confirmed. 260 suspected cases reported.

The National Civil Defense Secretariat (SEDEC) has delivered an additional 230 tons of food and essential items. High Alert for Santa Catarina, São Paulo, Espírito Santo, Mato Grosso, Tocantins, Goiás and Distrito Federal due to expected heavy rainfall.


Floodings due to successive tropical storms/hurricanes which affected the country later in the hurricane season have left 47% of families in Gonaïves, and in the department of Grande-Anse still living in host family settings.

In Baie d'Orange (South-East department), out of the 60 children severely malnourished, 2 have been reported dead.

The opening of a school canteen by PAHO, UNICEF and WFP is expected to help curb the situation of malnutrition in this affected area.