Honduras Seeks International Aid for Flood Victims

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The government of Honduras announced that it has begun to request humanitarian and relief assistance from foreign governments and international organizations to help deal with the impact of severe flooding throughout the country, but primarily in the southern and western regions. Honduras is currently under a state of emergency following more than a week of torrential rains that have affected nearly 70,000 people in at least 25 municipalities, leaving 14 dead, 12,000 evacuees, and 8,762 in temporary shelters. Five of Honduras' 18 departments are under a state of red alert, including Choluteca, El Paraíso, and Valle, and the southern municipalities of Francisco Morazán and La Paz. Relief efforts are being hampered by continued rainfall which has damaged numerous roads and bridges, including a segment (kilometer 54) of the Pan-American Highway that connects Tegucigalpa to the city of Choluteca in the south.

The first international response to the developing crisis came the United Nations World Food Program (PMA) which has committed 30 tons of food and mobilized to begin distributing it to more than 1,300 families in the department of Choluteca. The USAID (USAID) is donating US$75,000 to purchase personal hygiene kits, kitchen kits, mattresses, and mattress covers for people who have been evacuated from flooded areas.

USAID and the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) have already deployed a team of disaster specialists to the affected zones. The specialists are working jointly with Permanent Commission for Emergencies (Copeco) on timely coordination of the assistance."

Foreign Minister Arturo Corrales has requested the loan of a cargo aircraft from the US Embassy in Tegucigalpa to help transport supplies and equipment to the airport in Choluteca, which is serving as a central distribution point for relief efforts. Honduran Air Force helicopters are on standby until there is a break in weather conditions that would allow them to fly safely.

The Lobo administration has instructed the Honduran Institute Agricultural Marketing (IHMA) to provide (Copeco) approximately 60,000 kilograms of red beans for distribution.


Honduras :: The location of Honduras

Honduras, "Republic of Honduras") is a republic in Central America. It was previously known as Spanish Honduras to differentiate it from British Honduras, which became the modern-day state of Belize. The country is bordered to the west by Guatemala, to the southwest by El Salvador, to the southeast by Nicaragua, to the south by the Pacific Ocean at the Gulf of Fonseca, and to the north by the Gulf of Honduras, a large inlet of the Caribbean Sea.

Honduras was home to several important indigenous cultures, most notably the Maya. Much of the country was conquered by Spain who introduced its predominant language and many of its customs in the sixteenth century. It became independent in 1821 and has been a republic since the end of Spanish rule.

Its size is just over 112,492 km² with an estimated population of almost eight million. Its capital is Tegucigalpa. Its northern portions are part of the Western Caribbean Zone.



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