The recent rains that have hit Honduras in recent days have affected at least 25,000 people and left more than a dozen dead, according to the latest count released Tuesday by aid agencies.
The hardest-hit region is the north, where the Ulúa and Chamelecón rivers, two of the Central American country’s largest, burst their banks and flooded several communities.
Of the 298 municipalities in Honduras, 123 have been affected, according to Interior Minister Tomás Vaquero.
“The country’s productivity depends on the amount of rainfall it receives,” he said.
Vaquero summarized that various emergency forces had been deployed to recover the affected areas, which included road closures, bridge damage, and crop flooding.
The Permanent Emergency Commission (Copeco) has extended the yellow and green rain warnings for 48 hours, while the government has declared a state of emergency since Sept. 21.
Although Hurricane Ian, which hit Cuba on Tuesday, did not directly threaten Honduras, it has triggered rains throughout the country and caused rivers to overflow.