Hurricanes Iota and Eta Wreaked Havoc in Honduras


Hurricanes Iota and Eta Wreaked Havoc in Honduras

The magnitude of the material damage caused by tropical storms Eta and Iota, which were previously powerful hurricanes, begins to appear in northern Honduras, one of the areas most affected by both phenomena, among the pain of the victims and a fetid environment due to putrid waters.

Both storms left Honduras in what its name means, unfortunately marked by pain reflected on the face of each victim and a huge destruction to all kinds of infrastructure and agricultural crops, among other damages.

Some families who have been living under roofs made of sheets, cardboard or plastic in the middle of the 27-kilometer highway that connects the cities of San Pedro Sula, the second most important in the country, and El Progreso, are returning to their communities, which they flooded natural phenomena in two weeks.

They do the same in other sectors, where the water level continues to drop, although the danger remains latent, because remnants of rain left by Iota in the west, are increasing the flow of the Ulúa River, which empties into the Caribbean after crossing the river. extensive and fertile valley of Sula.

Of the damage that Iota and Eta left throughout the country, the Sula valley is one of the most affected, because it was turned into a large body of water, of which in several areas only the treetops or roofs of houses were seen or other constructions of two or more floors.

The highway between San Pedro Sula and El Progreso could not be seen, and on its sides were entire populations such as Ciudad Planeta, Rivera Hernández and the municipality of La Lima, once the headquarters of the main headquarters of the American multinational banana company United Brands, from the United States. totally flooded.

The Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport, located between La Lima and San Pedro, is still flooded, damage suffered during the two storms, without knowing when it will resume operations.

The two storms left many residents perched on the roof of their houses or that of other buildings to avoid drowning, and in which they remained, some up to four days to be rescued. Many victims suffered two floods, they had not finished cleaning up the mud and garbage left by Eta, when Iota was flooding them again.


La Lima, with more than 100,000 inhabitants, is one of the municipalities most affected by the two natural phenomena, and now it seems like a ghost town because around 98 percent of its population had to leave in search of a refuge, while others were rescued.

The same panorama, although with a landscape of flooded banana farms, with water and mud, is observed at another end of the same jurisdiction of La Lima, until reaching El Progreso and neighboring communities, where there are also sugar cane and rice crops. , African palm and citrus, among others.

Northern Honduras is cut off in several regions, for example, from Tegucigalpita, the Caribbean department of Cortes, to Corinto, a border point with Guatemala. Vehicle traffic is interrupted by landslides caused by torrential rains left by Iota and Eta.

Throughout the West, East and various regions of the Caribbean, there are also communities cut off due to total or partial damage to bridges, as well as roadblocks, including primary, secondary and tertiary.