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11 Oct 2019 | 05:51 PM UTC

Honduras: Heavy rain and landslides reported across western Honduras October 11

Honduras News Alert

Heavy rain and landslides leave at least three dead in western Honduras as of October 11; further rainfall forecast over the coming hours

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/11/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/12/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Tegucigalpa). COUNTRY/REGION Ocotepeque province, Copán province, Lempira province, Honduras, Santa Bárbara department, Comayagua province

Event

Officials report that heavy rain and consequent landslides across western Honduras have resulted in the deaths of at least three people as of Friday, October 11. An additional 700 people have been impacted by the inclement weather, which has primarily affected the provinces of Ocotepeque, Copán, Lempira, Intibucá, Santa Barbara, and Comayagua. Significant damage has been reported across the aforementioned regions; at least 100 homes have been flooded and two bridges have collapsed as a result of the rainfall.

Further rainfall is forecast to continue through Saturday, October 12, with intermittent heavy rainfall in isolated areas. Transportation disruptions, including road closures and train delays and cancelations, and communication disruptions are expected in the coming hours and days.

Advice

Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.

 

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