Honduras declares statewide emergency to respond to ongoing floods

landslide santa barbara honduras september 2022

The government of Honduras issued the declaration of a statewide emergency for 90 days on September 24, 2022, in an effort to respond to the consequences of ongoing floods.

On the same date, the Secretary of State in the Offices of Risk Management and National Contingencies declared a red alert for the departments of Santa Barbara and Copan for 48 hours, for the municipalities bordering the Ulua river where the population is being evacuated.1

On September 26, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that 3 297 families and 796 houses are affected and 98 shelters were activated for the emergency sheltering of 8 276 persons.

The armed forces and the Police were requested to provide security to the places where displaced persons are gathered.

On September 22, DG ECHO reported that heavy rain has affected parts of Honduras over the past three days, causing floods, and rivers overflow and leading to casualties and evacuations.

According to media reports, one person died in Siguatepeque City (Comayagua Department, central-western Honduras) on September 19 and more than 200 have been evacuated in Siguatepeque City and Comayagua City areas.

https://twitter.com/ConfidencialHN/status/1572444798367268864

References:

1 Natural Disasters Monitoring: Honduras – PAHO – September 26, 2022

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