Hurricanes in Central America
Nov 17, 2020
- 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
- Category 4 Hurricane Iota has also caused widespread damage in Central America, bringing extremely heavy winds and rainfall to 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), damage to the road network, and wiping out harvest. This will heighten already-existing vulnerabilities.
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.