Hurricanes in Central America

Tropical storm ETA destroyed everything in its path in La Lima, Cortés in Honduras. Norman Camal / CARE

Key Updates

  • Hurricane Eta hit Honduras on November 3, ripping apart roads and bridges and causing massive landslides and major flooding before moving across Central America and the Caribbean.
  • More than 2 million people in the region have been impacted, with Honduras experiencing the most severe impacts. The country remains in national red alert, with an estimated 20% of the population affected, many of whom are cut off from assistance
  • Hurricane Iota is now continuing its damaging progress in Central America. Iota is a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 245 km/h and is forecasted to bring rainfall of up to 400mm in Honduras, northern Nicaragua, Guatemala and southern Belize (OCHA 17 Nov. 2020)
  • People in the Region Valle of Sula in northwest Honduras are now been forced to evacuate as Iota is expected to impact the same vulnerable communities affected by Eta less than two weeks ago.
  • In Guatemala, soils in many areas are already saturated from the heavy rains experienced during Tropical Storm Eta; the rains that are expected to occur in the next few days are likely to result in landslides, mudslides, bursting of riverbanks, volcanic mudflows (lahars) and damage to the road network. This will heighten already-existing vulnerabilities.
  • Iota is predicted to become extremely dangerous, with catastrophic winds, potentially life-threatening storm surges and extreme impacts of heavy rainfall anticipated across Central America.

What CARE is doing

CARE Honduras is focusing its emergency response efforts on providing food, shelter, essential items like blankets, tarps and kitchen kits, water and sanitation support, and protection services to particularly vulnerable groups such as women and girls, who now find themselves in cramped communal shelters.

In Guatemala, CARE has staff located in one of the departments affected by Eta, and maintains close coordination with partner organizations who are present in the majority of areas that are expected to be impacted by Iota.

How you can help

In an emergency, a quick response saves lives. Donate now to CARE Canada's Emergency Response Fund.