Tegucigalpa, 30 September. Honduras declared a red emergency alert for the north of the country this Friday, and a yellow precautionary alert in 8 of the country’s 18 departments as the rain continued, affecting 80,195 people so far.
The Secretary of State for the National Risk and Contingency Management Offices said in a statement that the red alert would be maintained for 48 hours and would cover municipalities in the departments of Cortés, Yoro and Atlantida.
The organization also ordered a yellow warning in the departments of Santa Barbara, Lempira, Intibuca and La Paz (west), Francisco Morazán (centre), El Paraíso (east), Valle and Choluteca (south).
Similarly, it decided to put parts of Copán and Ocotepec (West), Gracias a Dios (East), Olancho (East) and Cortés (North) on green alert.
The alerts are due to the fact that, according to the Center for Atmospheric, Oceanographic and Seismic Studies (SYNOS), a high pressure wedge is maintained for this Friday, oriented from the northwest to the southeast of the country , which produces “abundant clouds”. and weak rainfall in many areas and sometimes moderate in the northwest”.
He said in the south of the Central American country, weak to moderate rainfall with electrical activity is expected due to the convergence of moisture and wind.
The Civil Protection Agency reported that due to the intensity of rain that has affected the country since early September, “high levels of humidity, soil saturation, increased river flow and consequences such as landslides, landslides, landslides and subsidence.” damage has been reported.”
According to official figures, 80,195 people have been affected by the rains in Honduras, of whom 16,357 have been evacuated and 9,403 are in shelters.
The rains have killed 15 people and floods and landslides affected at least 742 Honduran communities.
The National Federation of Farmers and Ranchers of Honduras (Fenagh) has quantified the loss of crops due to rain at 789 million lempira (about $32 million).
Fanagh’s executive director, Guillermo Cerritos, said bananas were the worst hit by the rains, affecting more than 450 hectares and affecting more than 1,300 jobs.
Honduras is considered one of the countries at highest risk of natural disasters and according to officials, the country’s vulnerability increased after the devastating Hurricane Mitch in late 1998, which also affected Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua.