Red alert declared in Honduras due to heavy rains | News


The Permanent Commission of Contingencies (Copeco) of Honduras declared a red alert on Thursday for two departments due to intense rains that have caused at least eight deaths and severe flooding.


Red alert declared in northern Honduras due to river flooding

According to a statement, the departments of Santa Bárbara and Copán, in the west of the country, and eight municipalities of Cortés, Yoro and Atlántida will be on red alert for 48 hours, while another 13 departments will be on yellow alert, in mode precautionary.

Due to the high level of humidity caused by a trough on the surface and the saturation of the soil, in sectors of all the alerted territories “damages such as landslides, landslides, collapses and subsidences have been reported,” Copeco said on its Twitter account.

The risk management entity also reported on the direct impact on hundreds of people due to floods and rising rivers, with mandatory evacuations in red alert areas and voluntary evacuations in the rest of the territories.

All of Honduras is governed by some level of alert, explains the agency, which adds a tropical storm warning for the following week.

“By Monday it would become a Category 1 hurricane, when it is located about 270 kilometers from the island of Guanaja, in the Caribbean of Honduras, following a path very close to the Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico)”, with indirect effects for the Central American country.

The authorities ask the population and the competent organizations to remain aware of the situation and take all necessary measures, especially in the face of the unusual rise of the Ulúa River, in the Sula Valley, which has flooded the low-lying areas in the north of the country.

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