TEGUCIGALPA – At least 30 people have died, 14 remain missing and more than 670,000 have been adversely affected by the rains that have battered Honduras over the past two weeks.
The Permanent Contingency Committee reported that 55,000 people have been evacuated, 53,000 have lost their belongings or means of subsistence and 20,000 have taken refuge in shelters.
The report also revealed that 10,000 homes, 227 roads and some 66,000 hectares of crops have been damaged, among other material damage.
Several countries and international organizations have been providing economic and material aid in response to the emergency, with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez announcing last week that he had approved the delivery of $2 million in humanitarian assistance.
The heavy rains have caused flooding, landslides and other problems in more than 300 communities in 16 of Honduras’ 18 provinces.