Details of Disaster Information


Honduras : Flood : 1999/09
GLIDE: FL-1999-000324-HND  DRR & Disaster Information

Duration 1999/09
Country
   or
District
Honduras
Name Flood
Outline Heavy rains have continued to fall over Honduras causing floods and landslides that have affected 7 Departments (Olancho, Progreso, Tela, Cortez, Copan, El Paraiso, Yoro) and the capital Tegucigalpa.

Summary
Human Impact Physical Impact Others
OCHA Situation Report No.4 1999/9/29
Some 6,500 persons evacuated (of whom approximately 3,000 living in temporary shelter)
Houses: 85 destroyed and 652 damaged; bridges: 10 destroyed and 6 damaged.

OCHA Situation Report No.1 1999/9/21
2,179 persons affected, 4 dead, 1 injured, 1,349 persons evacuated to temporary shelters. Damaged/destroyed: 367 houses, 2 schools, 10 temporary emergency bridges (Bailey type). Damage also caused to crops: 730 ha of banana and 170 ha of sugar cane. Access by several rural communities to 31 health facilities has been cut off. According to the national meteorological
service, more rain is expected to fall throughout this week.

Related Links
Report/Articles
  • ReliefWeb
    A list of the latest major documents added to ReliefWeb pertaining to Honduras.
  • OCHA Situation Report No. 5 1999/10/6
    COPECO has reinstated a national alert throughout the country. The armed forces are in a state of alert in order to provide support to relief efforts. Schools are closed throughout the country.

    Capital City - Tegucigalpa
    Heavy rains have continued to put the landslide-prone areas of the city in danger. During the week 26 September - 1 October, many families were evacuated from their homes due to flooding.

    Northern Honduras
    The El Caj dam in Northern Honduras is releasing 1,405m3 per second, which is causing flooding in the Ulua river basin. Roughly 5,888 people were evacuated from this area during the week.
    Flood protection walls recently re-built have collapsed, affecting other populated zones in the North Central region.



  • OCHA Situation Report No.4 1999/9/29
    Discharges of the "El Cajon" dam have been increased to 1,450 cubic meters per second.
    The level of the main rivers (Ulua, Chamelecon, Choluteca and Grande) continues to rise progressively but fluctuates constantly depending on precipitation levels and dam discharges. When the level is high, many communities get flooded. Once the level drops, it takes several days until flooded areas get drained.
  • OCHA Situation Report No.3 1999/9/28
    Discharges at the "El Cajon" dam have been increased to a level of 1,200 cubic meters per second due to continuous rains
    up-stream. This will raise the level of the Ulua river deteriorating the situation in particular in the Sula Valley.
  • OCHA Situation Report No.2 1999/9/24

  • OCHA Situation Report No.1 1999/9/21
    Heavy rains have continued to fall over Honduras causing floods and landslides that have
    affected 7 Departments (Olancho, Progreso, Tela, Cortez, Copan, El Paraiso, Yoro) and the capital Tegucigalpa.