Hurricanes Iota and Eta

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Women try to recover belongings after the passage of Hurricane Eta at the Omonita neighborhood in El Progreso, Yoro department, Honduras, On November 15 2020, before the arrival of Hurricane Iota.
Women try to recover belongings after the passage of Hurricane Eta at the Omonita neighborhood in El Progreso, Yoro department, Honduras, On November 15 2020, before the arrival of Hurricane Iota.
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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is deploying a Disaster-Assistance Response Team (DART) to respond to back-to-back hurricanes in Central America and Colombia, that has affected millions of people and caused severe flooding, landslides, and damage. The United States, through USAID, was already providing assistance after Hurricane Eta made landfall. Following the landfall of Hurricane Iota as a powerful Category 4 storm in the same region, USAID is now allocating an additional $17 million in life-saving aid to help people affected by both hurricanes in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua. This new funding includes up to $8.5 million in Honduras, $7 million in Guatemala, and $1.5 million in Nicaragua to provide emergency shelter, food, hygiene supplies, critical relief items, and protection for the most vulnerable people, many of whom are from indigenous and Afro-descendant communities. In Colombia, we are providing relief supplies to affected families and equipment for firefighters to clear fallen debris.

 

Last updated: January 21, 2021

December 31, 2020

Storms Eta and Iota adversely affected 4.6 million people in Honduras, representing nearly half of the country’s population of 9.3 million, according to the results of a multi-sector needs assessment conducted by the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team between November 22 and December 3 in nine affected departments.

December 14, 2020

The effects of Hurricanes Eta and Iota are expected to worsen food insecurity in Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua in the coming months, with 3 million people currently projected as experiencing severe acute food insecurity. The U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua visits Puerto Cabezas, where USAID/BHA partner UNICEF delivers WASH assistance to affected households. USAID deactivates the DART and RMT; USAID/BHA staff continue to manage humanitarian response activities from Central America and Washington, D.C.

December 9, 2020

The DART and USAID/BHA personnel supporting the DART continue to assess humanitarian conditions and coordinate response activities in Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Humanitarian agencies provide health and WASH support to storm-affected people in Guatemala. DoD transports GoC heavy duty equipment to Providencia to support debris clearance efforts, completing the final DoD mission in support of the humanitarian response to storms Eta and Iota.

December 7, 2020

USAID/BHA announces additional funding for Honduras, Guatemala, and Colombia, bringing the total USAID/BHA funding allocated to the response to nearly $48 million. Relief actors highlight health, nutrition, protection, and WASH needs among populations remaining in evacuation shelters in Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. DoD fulfills all humanitarian missions in Guatemala and Honduras, transporting 257 MT of urgently needed supplies to reach storm-affected communities.

December 3, 2020

Back-to-back hurricanes have unleashed heavy winds, rain, and severe flooding and landslides across Central America. On November 3, Hurricane Eta made landfall as a powerful Category 4 storm. Just two weeks later Hurricane Iota, a Category 5 storm at its strongest, traveled the same path through the region. On November 17, USAID deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to lead the U.S. Government’s humanitarian response.

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