. Guatemala, which was affected to a much lesser extent by the hurricanes, has already requested TPS for its citizens in the US. Many people are living on the second floor of their homes because they have no where to go. 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. Article share tools. This feature was originally published by Newsweek México. 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. There’s no work. By November 17, 700 people had relocated from their homes. Together, our community raised $25,595 to provide everything from hotel rooms, clothes, cleaning … HONDURAS SOLIDARITY NETWORK (HSN) HURRICANE ETA EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUND Hurricanes Eta and Iota left more than 150,000 people in Honduras homeless and many lost everything. The destruction in Honduras, combined with the effects of climate change that have made subsistence agriculture difficult in recent years, plus a possible change in the immigration policy of President-elect Joe Biden’s new administration in the United States, could drive a new wave of migration. Nery Benitez was working shifts as a baggage handler at San Pedro Sula’s airport when it got flooded by Hurricane Eta.   |   Another 25 sheep of his drowned when the property flooded. The Government of El Salvador opened 1,000 shelters with a capacity for 30,000 people. Hurricane ETA and IOTA Final Update: A Heartfelt Thank You and Two Stories from Survivors. Over 3 million people have been affected by Eta. In Honduras, opposing the exploitation of the land, and the violation of the rights of its inhabitants, means risking one’s life. How can I set them free when they’re all I have? “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. We’ve lost everything… we’re being buried alive here.”, Mejía accuses the government of having abandoned those affected by the hurricanes. “Some of the churches and other people who are helping out donate toilet paper but there’s no government aid here,” López explains. Honduras is lost.” She too would like to seek asylum in the United States, which she considers “a land of opportunities”. It’s a disaster we’re living through, but we’re trying to get back on our feet.”. My house is still flooded, it flooded again when Iota struck. On 26 November, he announced that he had sent the Free Vaccine for All Against COVID-19 law to the National Congress, to “ensure that everyone has access, voluntarily and without cost”. Hurricane Iota came ashore just 15 miles south of where Hurricane Eta made landfall November 3, also as a Category 4 storm. Iota became the thirteenth hurricane of the Atlantic season early Sunday, threatening to bring another dangerous system to Nicaragua and Honduras -- … The estimated economic loss from Hurricane Eta ranges from 10%-20% of Honduras’ GDP, or roughly $5 billion dollars. 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. 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 … 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. The hurricanes brought damaging winds, life-threatening storm surge and flash flooding to the region. “We were surrounded by water, people started saying ‘help us, we want to come in’, so we opened the door downstairs so that people could get in,” says Tabora, the owner of a two-storey funeral home that she turned into an improvised shelter.   |   Last year more than 250,000 Hondurans were apprehended at the south-west US border, more than double any previous year. Iota became the thirteenth hurricane of the Atlantic season early Sunday, threatening to bring another dangerous system to Nicaragua and Honduras -- … However, Martínez questions why “citizens are replacing the government’s role in providing humanitarian aid.”. People waiting for help on a flooded main road. TEGUCIGALPA (REUTERS) - Hurricanes Eta and Iota have caused about US$10 billion (S$13.34 billion) in damages in Honduras and affected more … Volunteers join the rescue efforts in the Planeta colony in La Lima, Honduras. Honduras: Tormentas Tropicales Eta e Iota - Informe de Situación No. 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. I've been out of work since the pandemic, when everything shut down. Residents wade through a flooded road Thursday in Planeta, Honduras, in the aftermath of Hurricane Eta. Thousands were still recovering from being trapped on their rooftops by Eta, causing nearby levees to fail and flooding neighbourhoods so fast there was no time to escape. “We lost everything in our homes,” said 22-year-old Carlos Pineda. 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. Hurricane Iota battered Nicaragua's Caribbean coast and flooded some stretches of neighbouring Honduras that were still underwater from Hurricane Eta … Iota killed at least 16 people in Nicaragua and a dozen or more in Honduras, according to the Associated Press, just weeks after 130 people died during Eta in Central America. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue. Many had waited for days to be rescued. The native Lenca activist, who succeeded her mother as general coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, has pointed out that the proliferation of mining and monoculture in recent years has damaged the natural barriers that used to protect the country against extreme weather. About 2.9 million people in Honduras were affected by Eta, according to the country’s emergency response unit, including many like Benitez whose homes were flooded to the rooftops. “We have family and children. USA: New Amnesty International report details ongoing human rights violations at Guantánamo Bay detention facility, UK: Decision to refuse Assange bail renders his continued detention “arbitrary”, 94 dead affecting almost 4 million people, Belarus: Leaked audio allegedly exposing top Interior Minister official ordering use of illegal force against peaceful protesters must be effectively investigated, Amnesty International and Advocacy Assembly launch new online courses on open source human rights investigations, Cambodia: 150 opposition politicians and supporters face jail in mass trials. The best way is to migrate.”, Hurricane Iota wreaks havoc across Central America – in pictures, Hurricane Iota has left the Planeta municipality in La Lima, Honduras, submerged in water. I couldn’t get in when Donald Trump was in charge... he didn’t give anybody a chance to work there, but now things are going to change with Joe Biden.”. Two weeks after Eta struck, about 60 families were still living beneath a bridge on a highway to the southeast of San Pedro Sula. Photograph: Yoseph Amaya/Getty, ‘This was worse than Eta’: Hurricane Iota brings repeat destruction to Honduras. 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. Cookie Statement National Civil Police distribute donated clothes to victims of Hurricane Iota queueing at the Chamelecón neighbourhood in San Pedro Sula. El Salvador. “The water got higher and had more strength.”. 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. He described Hurricane Iota as a “catastrophic situation unfolding for northern Honduras with an extreme storm surge of 15- to 20-foot forecast along with destructive winds and potentially 30 inches of rainfall, and it is exacerbated by the fact that it should make landfall in almost the exact same location that Category 4 Hurricane Eta did about two weeks ago.” PEACEBUILDING EN LAS AMÉRICAS — This holiday, Peacebuilding en las Américas’ (PLA) representatives and partners in Honduras and Guatemala are … This year’s Atlantic hurricane season has been so extreme that the naming of tropical storms ran through the alphabet well before Eta came along. 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. In three days, Eta downgraded to a tropical storm and then to a tropical depression, drenching much of Honduras and causing rising river levels, flooding, and landslides across the country. 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.   |   SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras -- Shelters for people whose homes were flooded or damaged by hurricanes Eta and Iota in Honduras are now so crowded … 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. 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. 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. Hurricanes Iota and Eta deal Honduras a catastrophic double-blow. That’s why we intend to continue raising awareness among the people who live in [larger ad wealthier] countries so that they make more serious and genuine efforts to mitigate the environmental destruction that the whole world is suffering. Hurricanes Eta and Iota are the most severe natural hazards that have hit Honduras in more than 20 years. “This time was worse than Eta,” said 54-year-old Norma Amador. How are we going to feed them?”. When it rains it pours in Honduras, a country that had already suffered multiple crisis in recent years: state repression, gang violence, economic problems, environmental destruction, mass emigration and, most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic. 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. Hurricane Iota made a catastrophic landfall on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua last week, just 13 days after Hurricane Eta’s landfall. I haven’t worked for almost a year now because there are no jobs in this country. Hurricane Iota made a catastrophic landfall on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua last week, just 13 days after Hurricane Eta’s landfall. These catastrophes submerged the country underwater and displaced almost a third of the population. Situation updates about hurricanes Eta and Iota in Honduras are provided in this discussion. 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. “The only option I have left is to emigrate to the United States. Subsequent damage from Iota is expected to further inflate those numbers. 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 … Today, Honduras weighs heavy on our hearts. Honduras is expected to make a similar request for those not covered. “You feel a nervousness, a tension among us,” Tabora reflects. In Guatemala, we are providing food and relief supplies. It is unlikely Honduras will receive anywhere close to what it needs to rebuild. Distributions have also resumed. Hospitals are overrun and the COVID death toll continues to rise. Eta is the strongest hurricane to ravage Honduras since Mitch in 1998, which killed over 7,000 people. “It’s really hard to get ahead in this country,” she added, holding her pyjama-clad children tight. Since 1998, migration from Honduras has continued to grow. Facebook; Twitter; Share View more share options. 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. This storm, Hurricane Iota, has again flooded communities and fields, taken lives, and forced many Hondurans to relocate to shelters. Many of those migrants who arrived in the US during the immediate aftermath of the hurricane were later granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which has allowed them to live and work in the country legally, but has been under attack by the Trump administration. The pandemic had already plunged the economy deep into recession. “I arrived at the shelter but they told me to set [the animals] free. In addition to these figures, some 20 schools, 51 buildings, 84 bridges and 218 roads were damaged in the country. “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. Estimates show Hurricane Eta left $5 billion in damages. Refunds of donations. A total of 25 foreign military assets have been deployed to support the government of Honduras in response to hurricanes Iota and Eta. Solidarity and the embrace between peoples will always be the way to reach the world we dream of.”. According to official tolls fewer than 100 people have died as a result of the hurricanes, but the water from Eta was yet to fully recede in many areas when Iota hit, and hundreds are still reported as missing. Around 30 families took refuge there after losing their homes to the hurricanes Eta and Iota, which devastated large swathes of Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua in the first weeks of November. The second, much larger storm has destroyed many areas largely spared by Eta and increased the flood damage in already stricken areas. Many whose lives have been upended by the recent hurricanes are already considering migrating, including some who’ve begun organising caravans via social media. At least 90% of La Lima, home to 40,000 people, was under water on Wednesday. It’s going to need repairing because it’s sinking, it’s full of mud and it has dead animals inside.”, The families sheltered beneath the bridge bathe in the rainwater that falls on the highway and relieve themselves in the sewers. 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. Hurricanes Eta and Iota have devastated parts of Honduras, and official response has been slow, observers say. San Pedro Sula, the nation’s second biggest city, was devastated. Many families were forced to live under a bridge where access to potable water is scarce. Hurricane Iota has left the Planeta municipality in La Lima, Honduras, submerged in water. Alberto López Ocampo, a farmer from the Asentamientos Humanos neighbourhood, has been sleeping on a mattress there for 15 days, beside the 11 geese, 25 hens and 40 ducks he was able to save from the roof of his house. “My daughters have fallen ill. They’ve had a cough and the flu. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. Eta began affecting northern Honduras as a Category 4 hurricane on 3 November. Save the Children has already dispatched front-line workers to more than 20 communities that were severely impacted by Hurricane Eta, and will extend its reach to support victims of Iota. Hurricane victims take refuge under a bridge in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. In the aftermath of Eta, Honduras … The stench of mud and dead animals lingers everywhere. Back then the international community rushed in with billions in aid. “The people have no rights, no health, no work, no nothing,” he adds, as he savours a baleada donated by a passer-by. 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. An estimated 100,000 people remained isolated across Honduras in the aftermath of Hurricane Eta as Iota made landfall. If you are talented and passionate about human rights then Amnesty International wants to hear from you. 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. They should not put them in places where there are only men... this could lead to discriminatory actions or violence against the LGBT community.”, Martinez speaks with pride of the solidarity the LGBT community has shown with trans women in the coastal areas worst affected by the hurricanes. Honduras + 1 more. He says he almost drowned when the water first began to rise. Hurricane Iota hit the Nicaraguan coast on November 16 as a Category 4 storm. 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. Hurricane Eta has further devastated the country. Second devastating hurricane in two weeks lashes fragile nation and leaves villages submerged, Last modified on Thu 19 Nov 2020 12.43 GMT. — 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. Iota arrived Monday evening with winds of 155 mph (250 kph), hitting nearly the same location as Hurricane Eta two weeks earlier. Eta is the strongest hurricane to ravage Honduras since Mitch in 1998, which killed over 7,000 people. We’re all scared... it’s the worst thing we’ve ever been through.”. USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance is providing life-saving assistance to people affected by severe flooding, landslides, and damage caused by Tropical Storm Eta. 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. Now his only roof is a bridge. 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. Heavily criticised for not ordering evacuations of at-risk areas before Eta, the government broadcast an order days in advance this time. Iota will be the second major hurricane to hit the area in as many weeks. Hurricanes Eta and Iota hit Honduras back-to-back in November. The Colombian Air Force has also offered its support, evacuating 97 people in a Black Hawk helicopter. Duncan Tucker is Amnesty International’s media manager for the Americas. “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. Overview. 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 … HOPE; Posted 17 Nov 2020 Originally published 17 Nov 2020. 07 (al 13 de enero 2021) Format Situation Report Sources. When it rains it pours in Honduras, a country that had already suffered multiple crisis in recent years: state repression, gang violence, economic problems, environmental destruction, mass emigration and, most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic. J ust 13 days after Hurricane Eta, a second devastating storm hit Honduras and other Central American countries this week. Marlon Matute, of representative of the San Pedro Sula mayor’s office, affirms that the local government has opened 100 municipal shelter across the city and is providing financial support, food and hygiene products to those affected. Iota killed at least 16 people in Nicaragua and a dozen or more in Honduras, according to the Associated Press, just weeks after 130 people died during Eta in Central America. Quincy, WA 36° F 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. 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. 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. Iota became a Category 5 hurricane … And now, Hurricane Iota is following Eta's path and making matters devastatingly worse. 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 … Iota, a Category 4 hurricane, followed a similar path as Hurricane Eta moving west, bringing devastation. 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. Your choice regarding cookies on this site J ust 13 days after Hurricane Eta, a second devastating storm hit Honduras and other Central American countries this week. 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.”. Attachments. This week it was inundated again as Hurricane Iota struck. “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.”. The government has been too overwhelmed to make an accurate count. Even I had a fever for two days. Today, Honduras weighs heavy on our hearts. “How are we going to get it back? Hurricane Eta & Iota Situation Report #2 Format Situation Report Source. Permissions 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. “The water was rising to the rooftop,” said 25-year-old Ingrid Sanchez, who was rescued along with her two young children from on top of their house by firefighters, who reached them by boat. 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. 4 min read. In Honduras, we are providing blankets, hygiene kits, and kitchen supplies. “They don't want to help in any way... they could easily give us umbrellas, at least with an umbrella we could get by, but the way things are right now, look, more rain is coming and there’s nothing we can do.”. At least three have died and more are missing after Iota slammed into Central America just miles away from where Eta hit less than two weeks earlier. 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. “I have nothing, I’m broke now. First I lost money due to the coronavirus pandemic, and then these two storms hit. 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. According to Global Witness, 14 environmental defenders were murdered there last year, the highest per capita rate in the world. I have nothing, I lost everything. The arrival of Hurricanes Eta and Iota in early November, which have so far affected approximately three million people in Honduras alone, marked the reversal of the phenomenon, due to La Niña, which sees surface temperatures in the east-central Pacific drift below average to generate volatile hurricane seasons. Eta—the 28th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season—made From you another 25 sheep of hurricane eta and iota honduras drowned when the water got higher had. Ve ever been through ’ Iota struck has been too overwhelmed to make accurate... 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