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Flash Flood - Middle-America - Honduras

EDIS Number: FF-20121129-37336-HND
Date / time: 29/11/2012 03:48:24 [UTC]
Event: Flash Flood
Area: Middle-America
Country: Honduras
State/County: Province of Cortes
Location: [La Jutosa and Puerto Cortes area]
Number of Deads: 3 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

Three people were killed Wednesday as a result of the torrential rains lashing northern Honduras, authorities said. Two children drowned when the rain-swollen Choloma River swept away the family residence in La Jutosa, Cortes province, Puerto Cortes fire chief Alfonso Medina told reporters. Three other members of the same family are unaccounted for, he said. The other fatality was a 21-year-old woman who died in a landslide in Baracoa, Cortes. The downpours, which began Tuesday night, caused flooding in Puerto Cortes and effectively shut down the road linking that town with San Pedro Sula, the largest city in northern Honduras. "I haven't been able to go to work because there's no way to San Pedro Sula, the rain doesn't stop," civil servant Kriss Alejandra Reyes told Efe by telephone from Puerto Cortes. Floodwaters also covered low-lying areas in San Pedro Sula and the nearby town of El Progreso, which lies between the Ulua and Chamelecon rivers.

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