Honduras decrees national emergency for storm Agatha

08:32, May 31, 2010      

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The Honduran government decreed on Sunday national emergency due to the rains and damages produced by the tropical storm Agatha.

After a meeting of the Council of Ministers, Honduran President Porfirio Lobo said the decree of national emergency "is aimed to save the lives of our compatriots, because the region 1, 4 and 5 ( north, central and south) are being severely affected and they need extraordinary efforts to assist the inhabitants, including food, health services and communications."

The Council also decided to suspend the school activities at all levels in the most affected regions.

Agatha has made rivers overflow in the south, central and west of the country. It has also caused landslides and cut off road traffic.

Four people were reported dead and nine others missing to the moment.

The Toncontin Airport in Tegucigalpa continues closed since Sunday morning due to the lack of visibility.

In Tegucigalpa the Choluteca River overflowed, flooding streets in the center of the city.

In Nacaome city in the south of the country, there were also overflowed rivers making tens of families to seek safe places.

Part of the Pan American highway, which communicated Honduras with El Salvador, was blocked due to the rains.

Meanwhile, Honduran Foreign Minister Mario Canahuati announced that the United States donated 50,000 U.S. dollars to assist the emergency.

The Council of Ministers also created an office to manage the crisis.



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