El Salvador and Honduras: Emergency Response to Floods – CAM181 (Concept Note)

7th November 2018

Two low pressure systems, one in the Atlantic and the other in the Pacific, caused intense rainfall
conditions, flash floods in several communities in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and
Nicaragua from 5 October 2018. In El Salvador, Civil Protection reported 15 people injured, six dead,
one missing and 768 people in shelters. In addition, 1541 flooded houses and eight houses were
destroyed, 120 wells contaminated, and several schools and roads damaged.

In Honduras, the rains caused flooding and landslides across the country. Most damage has been
reported in Francisco Morazán, Valle, and Choluteca departments, where a red alert was issued by
the government. 12,076 people were affected by the floods. 963 homes were damaged, including
169 flooded, and 9 completely destroyed. 7,234 people were evacuated, and 6,789 moved to 78
temporary shelters. According to the National Emergency Operations Center (COEN) of COPECO,
heavy rainfall left about 25,558 people affected and 9 dead. The number of people in shelters
reached 9,097. 11,552 people were evacuated, and some 170 schools are damaged. Further, 63
roads18 and 7 water systems were damaged. A total of 1,143 houses were either damaged or
destroyed in the municipalities of Francisco Morazán, Choluteca and Valle.

As part of the revision of the ACT Alliance Humanitarian Response Mechanism, the “Preliminary Appeal” is replaced by the “Concept Note”, a shorter more concise document which summarizes the proposed ACT response and emphasizes collaboration amongst the ACT members. For further information on the Revised Humanitarian Response Mechanism, please refer to its online toolkit: https://actlearn.org/course/view.php?id=236

Concept Notes_El Salvador and Honduras_Floods – CAM181


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