According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Hurricane Eta affected nearly three million people in the seven Central American countries, causing up to $5.5 billion in IDB preliminary estimates of economic damages. This satellite image shows the formation of Hurricane Eta’s eye, which is a sign that the storm is strengthening. “The soil is already saturated, a mild increase in precipitations could be lethal and 05/25/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/26/2020 04:27 . “The national government did not respond immediately,” said Ricardo Miranda, a member of the National Council of Ngäbe-Buglé Youth. 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. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been injured or lost their lives, and all those whose homes and livelihoods have been affected. Published 9 November 2020. “It reacted late and made things more chaotic.”. “They are from people with relatives here,” Nuñez said. The U.S. Army has sent military personnel in an effort to aid regions in Honduras and Panama. Also, survivors in the hardest-hit areas lost ALL of their property and their homes were flooded so much that they had to climb to the roofs of their homes to not drown. Scores have died and many more are missing in Central America. Rescue workers had to call off the search due to increasingly unstable conditions as the rains continued. Eta is the strongest storm to impact the region since Hurricane Mitch in 1998, when thousands of people were killed in Central America, primarily in Honduras and Nicaragua. Some Mayangna villages are a day’s walk from the nearest road, and most do not have a cell signal. Migration often spikes in the wake of crises, and the only comparable precedent for Eta’s destruction is Hurricane Mitch, which devastated northern Central America in 1998. “Skin complications and respiratory symptoms will be continuous,” said Juan Carlos Arteaga, the Doctors Without Borders team leader in Choloma. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Hurricane Eta affected nearly three million people in the seven Central American countries, causing up to $5.5 billion in IDB preliminary estimates of economic damages. Some predominantly Maya towns and communities in Guatemala remain partially or even fully submerged. As Eta slowly made its way north, days of rain caused widespread flooding: washing out highways and bridges, submerging entire towns, and generating mass displacement. More than 2.5 million people from Panama to Belize are affected. Photo: Yoseph Amaya/Getty Images; Seth Sidney Berry/SOPA/AP. People remain in a temporary shelter after their homes were flooded due to the heavy rains caused by Hurricane Eta in Morales, north Guatemala City, on Nov. 7, 2020. Diversions of rivers by oil palm companies in eastern Guatemala exacerbated the flooding, according to Robin Macloni, director of the Defensoría Q’eqchi’, a Maya Q’eqchi’ rights and development organization based in El Estor, 190 miles east of the capital. Guatemala’s government has made a formal request for TPS for Guatemalans in the U.S. in the wake of Eta. Hurricane Eta first made landfall in Nicaragua last Tuesday — Election Day, ... Below are some organizations that are helping the people and countries affected by this crisis. The U.S. was a signatory to the resulting accord, the Paris Agreement, which entered into force in 2016 under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. “That usually fades.”. Credit: CONRED Category 4 Hurricane Eta made landfall in Nicaragua early on 3 November. Mental health crises are likely to become more acute and the coronavirus will remain a threat, as will a potential epidemic of dengue, chikungunya, or Zika, he said. Search and rescue efforts are underway in communities devastated by the storm. Upon hearing the news late last month of Eta’s imminent arrival, Nuñez coordinated with a group of young women, and they are now working overtime as Hurricane Iota approaches. “In the early days, there is always a lot of support,” he told The Intercept. “The authorities do not care.”. Houses severely damaged by hurricane Eta remain empty as local villagers evacuate the area ahead of Hurricane Iota on November 17, in La Lima, Honduras. While it is too early to know the full extent of the impact, thousands of people in the region appear to have been affected, and there is widespread damage to infrastructure and private property. Eta’s torrential rains caused massive flooding and mudslides. “There are communities that lost everything.”. Hurricane Eta, which has been downgraded to a tropical storm, has caused severe flooding and landslides in Central America after passing from Nicaragua into Honduras on Wednesday. OAS - Organization of American States. In the Ngäbe-Buglé village of Boca de Remedio, a landslide buried a family of six. Prince Philip and I were deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life and destruction caused by Hurricane Eta. In June 2017, President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would withdraw from the accord, but because the accord prevented signatories from giving notice of withdrawal for three years following ratification, the U.S. withdrawal officially occurred right when Eta was bearing down on Central America. Between 1 and 18 November 2020, Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean and parts of South America were affected by two major natural hazards - Hurricane Eta, which reached the second highest hurricane classification of Category 4, followed by Hurricane Iota, which peaked at the highest classification of Category 5. Nery Benitez was working shifts as a baggage handler at San Pedro Sula’s airport when it got flooded by Hurricane Eta. Many of those affected have suffered post-traumatic stress due to everything they’ve been through since Eta, the first hurricane, approached. IOM personnel in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Belize have traveled to the most affected areas –since Eta made landfall on 3 November, to distribute thousands of emergency kits, including kitchen sets, mattresses, sheets and hygiene products. Nicaragua, Honduras, and Guatemala are the three most impoverished countries in Central America. Hurricane Eta hit Central America on November 2, 2020. Prior to Iota, health problems were already apparent in the shelters. In the face of increasingly frequent extreme weather events and rising sea levels, countries worked together to determine global measures to address and slow down climate change. A man wades amid rubbish caused by the passage of Hurricane Eta in the municipality of La Lima, Honduras, on Nov. 8, 2020. The Intercept is an independent nonprofit news outlet. 'Overwhelming': Central America braces for new storms in wake of Hurricane Eta Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala worst affected with scores dead and more than 200,000 people evacuated from their homes Hurricane Eta, which has been downgraded to a tropical storm, has caused severe flooding and landslides in Central America after passing from Nicaragua into Honduras on Wednesday. “There have been 12 murders this year,” Bucardo told The Intercept. Arteaga is also worried about basic supplies for evacuees, particularly food, given the initial outpouring of contributions in crisis situations often drops off long before the need subsides. (Left/Top) A woman carries her son as she walks on the mud at Bordo del Lancetilla village flooded by the overflow of the Lancetilla river on Nov. 3, 2020 in Tela, Honduras. (Photo … Natural disasters are just going to become more frequent and more extreme as developed countries continue to emit. Democracy is fragile at best after decades of U.S.-backed military dictatorships and civil wars, and high levels of polarization, corruption, and mistrust in government present severe complications for aid coordination efforts. “They don’t have potable water resources. Matthew was a late-season Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir–Simpson scale, having formed in the southeastern Caribbean on September 28.The hurricane weakened to Category 4 before making landfall near Les Anglais on October 4, at which time the … Men recover plastic barrels from a business affected by a flooding caused by rains from Hurricane Eta, in Toyos, Honduras, November 4. A spokesperson for Guatemala’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not respond to The Intercept’s query as to whether the Guatemalan government would consider making a second request for TPS after Biden takes office, should the Trump administration reject the request. “Maize, bean, chile, and other crops were definitively lost in the Polochic region,” Macloni told The Intercept. Joining is simple and doesn’t need to cost a lot: You can become a sustaining member for as little as $3 or $5 a month. Eta became a Category 4 hurricane before making landfall on Tuesday along the northeastern coast of Nicaragua. 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