“Worry at knowing what’s coming, as the media says it’s something huge and super dangerous.”, With the water up to his chest, Sergio Donaire, a 35-year-old upholsterer, arrived at the funeral home with his wife and three daughters after fleeing their house, which was practically destroyed. Iota will be the second major hurricane to hit the area in as many weeks. Iota became the thirteenth hurricane of the Atlantic season early Sunday, threatening to bring another dangerous system to Nicaragua and Honduras -- … With a slightly different trajectory than Eta, Hurricane Iota caused flooding and landslides in the northern part of the country, exacerbating an already difficult situation. |
Hurricanes Iota and Eta deal Honduras a catastrophic double-blow. Sandro Mejía has been living in San Pedro Sula for 20 years, but now sees no other option than to seek a better life in the United States. Honduras: Tormentas Tropicales Eta e Iota - Informe de Situación No. Iota arrived Monday evening with winds of 155 mph (250 kph), hitting nearly the same location as Hurricane Eta two weeks earlier. But the main concern remains the pandemic that has claimed nearly 3,000 lives and brought more than 100,000 cases of COVID-19 to a nation of 9.5 million people. Much of the valley, just like La Lima, is under water. “There’s no food, nowhere to bathe, no electricity,” Donaire says. “We try to give them advice, we try to isolate them and we try to give them as much psychological counselling as we can, because obviously right now there has not only been material damage and human loss, but the population has also suffered a lot of psychological damage.”. Iota, a Category 4 hurricane, followed a similar path as Hurricane Eta moving west, bringing devastation. “My daughters have fallen ill. They’ve had a cough and the flu. The hurricanes brought damaging winds, life-threatening storm surge and flash flooding to the region. The unprecedented double blow comes on top of the Covid-19 pandemic, which had already depleted government resources and left many people unemployed in one of the poorest countries in Latin America. We’re all scared... it’s the worst thing we’ve ever been through.”. Heavily criticised for not ordering evacuations of at-risk areas before Eta, the government broadcast an order days in advance this time. According to foreign media, Hurricanes Eta and Iota caused around 3.4 million people to be affected in Tegucigalpa alone, including 91 deaths, 189,604 people evacuated and 128,127 left unhoused. How can I set them free when they’re all I have? Just two weeks after Hurricane Eta brought widespread flooding and forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, Honduras was battered by a second hurricane, leaving a level of destruction in its wake that rivals the worst natural disasters in the region’s history. — Hundreds of thousands of displaced people now line the streets of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, after Hurricane Eta’s slow-moving rains triggered devastating flooding and landslides. “I had gone seven months without work and three days after I got called back this flooding happened,” the 50-year-old said. It’s a disaster we’re living through, but we’re trying to get back on our feet.”. In a phone interview from Tegucigalpa, the nation’s capital, Erick Martínez Salgado, a defender of the rights of the LGBT community, affirms that the government response to the hurricanes and the pandemic has been weakened by a lack of planning and the historic corruption of state institutions. 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He says the Movimiento de Diversidad en Resistencia group raised a thousand dollars to buy them food, clothing and shoes, while transgender refugees in US cities such as Washington DC and Miami have sent them money to buy supplies. Many had waited for days to be rescued. Eta is the strongest hurricane to ravage Honduras since Mitch in 1998, which killed over 7,000 people. “I arrived at the shelter but they told me to set [the animals] free. President Juan Orlando Hernández has visited affected families to deliver humanitarian aid and has declared the construction of dams a national priority. Photograph: Yoseph Amaya/Getty, ‘This was worse than Eta’: Hurricane Iota brings repeat destruction to Honduras. Iota flooded stretches of Honduras still underwater from Hurricane Eta, after it hit Nicaragua Monday evening as a Category 4 hurricane and weakened as it … That number is expected to increase substantially following Iota, which made landfall on the north coast of Nicaragua on Monday as a category four hurricane before pushing through Honduras the following day as a tropical storm with torrential rain and heavy winds. Estimates show Hurricane Eta left $5 billion in damages. Dinorah Nolasco, director of health in the Cortés region where San Pedro Sula is located, says the area has suffered constant crises in the last two years: “First we had a dengue emergency, then a COVID emergency and now we have this tragedy. Others died or disappeared in the rushing floodwaters. Two days before the first hurricane arrived, the Honduran government was still promoting a tourism fair to revive the economy, instead of warning the population to take preventive measures. Even I had a fever for two days. Since then, it has faced accusations of not doing enough to protect the health and dignity of those affected and to guarantee their access to humanitarian assistance. We’ve lost everything… we’re being buried alive here.”, Mejía accuses the government of having abandoned those affected by the hurricanes. Two weeks later, it’s still raining hard and the family remains in the funeral home, without any support from the state. In Honduras, COVID-19 has hit very hard, with many people losing their jobs, food and medications becoming scarce, and prices skyrocketing. Facebook; Twitter; Share View more share options. It is unlikely Honduras will receive anywhere close to what it needs to rebuild. Guatemala, which was affected to a much lesser extent by the hurricanes, has already requested TPS for its citizens in the US. Less than two weeks after being battered by Tropical Storm Eta, Honduras was hit by Hurricane Iota, a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. It’s a prompt to take action against this and listen to what indigenous peoples and the organizations fighting for climate justice have been saying.”. Durch Hurrikan Iota und Eta wurden Dächer abgedeckt, Strom- und Wasserleitungen zerstört, Tausende von Menschen mussten ihre Häuser verlassen – das ganze Ausmaß ist aber noch nicht absehbar.Hurrikan Iota traf mit Windgeschwindigkeiten von bis zu 250 Kilometern pro Stunde an der Karibikküste Nicaraguas auf Land und zog über Honduras hinweg. “The Honduran people must know that Operation ‘You Are Not Alone’ will reach every last corner affected by the storms to give us back the dignity that was muddied, but has not been lost,” he wrote on Twitter. However, in areas where the water hadn’t risen as high, some decided to risk it and stay behind. However, Martínez questions why “citizens are replacing the government’s role in providing humanitarian aid.”. “How are we going to get it back? Hurricane Iota intensified over the Caribbean, strengthening to a Category 5 hurricane on Monday as it neared Nicaragua and Honduras. “Some of the churches and other people who are helping out donate toilet paper but there’s no government aid here,” López explains. Hurricane Iota came ashore just 15 miles south of where Hurricane Eta made landfall November 3, also as a Category 4 storm. In San Pedro Sula, Honduras’ second-largest city, battered by Hurricane Eta just weeks ago, videos on social media showed streets turned into rivers after hours of heavy rain. Back then the international community rushed in with billions in aid. | Photo by Seth Sidney Berry/Sopa Images/Sipa USA via AP Photo Adapted from an interview by Joshua Collins | Dec 9 2020 Eta, a Category 4 hurricane, made landfall in Honduras on November 3. Tabora had already buried many COVID-19 victims and even had to close her business for a while because of the pandemic, but she immediately put her concerns to one side to shelter those who needed her help. “Yesterday was my 58th birthday and I couldn’t even celebrate with a Coca-Cola,” Mejia says. HONDURAS SOLIDARITY NETWORK (HSN) HURRICANE ETA EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUND The defender explains that the pandemic and the hurricanes have exacerbated the poverty experienced by many members of the LGBT population in Honduras, which has historically suffered high levels of discrimination, exclusion and violence – particularly transgender people who are disproportionately dependent on the informal economy and sex work. The two hurricanes left at least 94 dead affecting almost 4 million people across the nation, and analysts say they could cause the level of poverty to rise by 10%, surpassing 70% of the population. At least 90% of La Lima, home to 40,000 people, was under water on Wednesday.
While the arrival of two such powerful storms just two weeks apart was an almost unprecedented natural disaster in Honduras, many of the affected believe the authorities have abandoned them to their fate. Iota flooded stretches of Honduras still underwater from Hurricane Eta, after it hit Nicaragua Monday evening as a Category 4 hurricane and weakened as it … This storm, Hurricane Iota, has again flooded communities and fields, taken lives, and forced many Hondurans to relocate to shelters. Last year more than 250,000 Hondurans were apprehended at the south-west US border, more than double any previous year. This time around global attention – and depleted finances – are focused on the coronavirus pandemic, and there is an absence of US leadership to mobilise support. An estimated 100,000 people remained isolated across Honduras in the aftermath of Hurricane Eta as Iota made landfall. Citing the scientists who have linked climate change to the extreme force of the hurricanes that have hurt Central America so badly in recent months, Zúñiga affirms that “we must hold accountable the large countries and economic powers who have produced these results, as well as the process of so-called ‘modernization’, so that the people who have contributed most to the defence of the earth stop suffering the effects of the pollution caused by those who shirk their responsibility.”, Zúñiga concludes by warning that “as long as the pollution continues, as long as the depredation continues, as long as the rights of those who continue defending the earth are not recognized, our prospects will remain bleak. In addition to these figures, some 20 schools, 51 buildings, 84 bridges and 218 roads were damaged in the country. Honduras is lost.” She too would like to seek asylum in the United States, which she considers “a land of opportunities”. Second devastating hurricane in two weeks lashes fragile nation and leaves villages submerged, Last modified on Thu 19 Nov 2020 12.43 GMT. Hurricane Eta & Iota Situation Report #2 Format Situation Report Source. Surreal scenes abound, like in the Chamelecón neighbourhood to the south of the city, where the river overflowed and flooded the cemetery, forcing open graves and leaving coffins floating in the water. Thousands of acres of crops were washed away, causing even more shortages in communities already experiencing severe food insecurity as a result of the pandemic. Tropical Storm Iota was brewing in the Caribbean Sea early Saturday, threatening a second tropical strike for Nicaragua and Honduras, countries recently ransacked by a Category 4 Hurricane Eta. Iota became a Category 5 hurricane … Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue. Iota, a Category 4 hurricane, followed a similar path as Hurricane Eta moving west, bringing devastation. The pandemic had already plunged the economy deep into recession. Hurricane ETA and IOTA Final Update: A Heartfelt Thank You and Two Stories from Survivors. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. PEACEBUILDING EN LAS AMÉRICAS — This holiday, Peacebuilding en las Américas’ (PLA) representatives and partners in Honduras and Guatemala are … The last time Honduras suffered a natural disaster of this scale was in 1998, when Hurricane Mitch – the worst natural disaster in Central American history and one of the deadliest Atlantic storms ever – devastated much of the country’s infrastructure. Tropical Storm Iota was brewing in the Caribbean Sea early Saturday, threatening a second tropical strike for Nicaragua and Honduras, countries recently ransacked by a Category 4 Hurricane Eta. Situation updates about hurricanes Eta and Iota in Honduras are provided in this discussion. The Government of El Salvador opened 1,000 shelters with a capacity for 30,000 people. ‘The worst thing we’ve ever been through’. Hurricane Eta Devastates Central America as U.S. Withdraws From Climate Accord Indigenous communities in Honduras, Nicaragua, and Guatemala were among the hardest hit. With clouds of mosquitos, large bodies of water and animal corpses everywhere, plus the lack of sanitation due to the storm damage, Nolasco is on the alert for possible outbreaks of malaria and leptospirosis. Bertha Zúñiga Cáceres, daughter of the environmental defender Berta Cáceres, who was murdered in 2016 because of her opposition to the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam, believes the destruction caused by the hurricanes was exacerbated by recent Honduran government policies. Estimates show Hurricane Eta left $5 billion in damages. MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) - Iota rapidly gained strength after becoming the 13th hurricane of the Atlantic season Sunday, threatening to bring dangerous winds and rains to Nicaragua and Honduras — countries recently clobbered by Category 4 Hurricane Eta. Category 4 Hurricane Eta and Category 5 Hurricane Iota cut similar paths across Central America this month, a one-two punch that killed scores of … Juana Tabora knew she had to help her neighbours when the water began to flood the streets, blocking the exits in La Lima, her city in northwestern Honduras. The storm had sustained winds of 160 mph, as it was centered about 80 miles southeast of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, and moved westward at 9 mph, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. Many people are living on the second floor of their homes because they have no where to go. A total of 25 foreign military assets have been deployed to support the government of Honduras in response to hurricanes Iota and Eta. “This time was worse than Eta,” said 54-year-old Norma Amador. Donate to the HSN’s Hurricane Eta Emergency Response Fund to get money to community-based groups that are on-the-ground responding to the humanitarian crisis that continues to unfold. Eta—the 28th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season—made This week it was inundated again as Hurricane Iota struck. “We have family and children. “I understand that there are people who came with small children, saving their babies, and they didn’t remember their masks because of the anguish,” she says. Eta began affecting northern Honduras as a Category 4 hurricane on 3 November. The second, much larger storm has destroyed many areas largely spared by Eta and increased the flood damage in already stricken areas. Victims of the lack of environmental protection. Shelters for people whose homes were flooded or damaged by hurricanes Eta and Iota in Honduras are now so crowded that thousands of victims have taken refuge under highway overpasses or bridges. “I came racing out with my four children when the water started to rise at eight in the evening,” says López, who had to later to separate from his family to look after their livestock. Thieves had ransacked many abandoned homes in the city since Eta, making Sanchez, who sold fruit outside her home, afraid of losing what little she had. Iota flooded stretches of Honduras still underwater from Hurricane Eta, after it hit Nicaragua Monday evening as a Category 4 hurricane and weakened as it … Nery Benitez was working shifts as a baggage handler at San Pedro Sula’s airport when it got flooded by Hurricane Eta. 11/7/2020: Honduras was hit hard by Hurricane Eta last week causing major flooding. "It is possible that Iota could track north of Honduras, allowing the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Eta to be spared," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Rob … This storm, Hurricane Iota, has again flooded communities and fields, taken lives, and forced many Hondurans to relocate to shelters. We continue to assess damage from Eta and Iota around San Pedro Sula in order to determine where to provide additional relief. Thank you to everyone who contributed to our GoFundMe campaign in support of employees and families impacted by the tropical storms that hit Honduras in early November 2020. These catastrophes submerged the country underwater and displaced almost a third of the population. And now, Hurricane Iota is following Eta's path and making matters devastatingly worse. The estimated economic loss from Hurricane Eta ranges from 10%-20% of Honduras’ GDP, or roughly $5 billion dollars. “When we saw the distress people were in we didn’t even think about these things... [I thought] come on, maybe they could be saved here, even if there’s not much room.”, Many of those affected have suffered post-traumatic stress due to everything they’ve been through since Eta, the first hurricane, approached. Hurricanes Eta and Iota caused damage of at least $1.8 billion in Honduras and affected almost half of its population, estimated a report by the ECLAC released Sunday by the government. Hurricane Iota is now growing strong and is set to hit Monday (11/16/2020) and travel the same path causing even more flooding in areas that are still 6 to 8 ft. underwater. Another 25 sheep of his drowned when the property flooded. The valley surrounding San Pedro Sula – the country’s economic motor and home to about 2 million people – is the hardest hit area in the nation. Honduras was hit hard by Hurricane Eta last week causing major flooding. Iota became the thirteenth hurricane of the Atlantic season early Sunday, threatening to bring another dangerous system to Nicaragua and Honduras -- … 07 (al 13 de enero 2021) Format Situation Report Sources. In the years after Mitch, Hondurans migrated to the US for the first time in significant numbers, leading to a substantial rise in, and dependence on, remittances. Today, Honduras weighs heavy on our hearts. “The people have no rights, no health, no work, no nothing,” he adds, as he savours a baleada donated by a passer-by. Hospitals are overrun and the COVID death toll continues to rise. Many worry about post-storm corruption. Along with Benitez and many other residents of San Pedro Sula’s La Lima suburb, she had gathered along the highway that cuts through the city, with nowhere else to go. 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