Storm Agatha kills 14 in Honduras

08:08, June 01, 2010      

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The Permanent Commission of Emergencies (Copeco) of Honduras said on Monday that the death toll for storm Agatha in the country reached to 14, while nine other people are missing.

According to Copeco, the missing people are eight fishermen who were working in the Pacific Ocean and one soldier in Mosquitia community in the northeast of the country, all of which disappeared since Saturday.

The Copeco also said they evacuated 3,227 people, while 235 families were affected and 2,716 people were taken to temporary shelters.

Agatha also destroyed 11 bridges, 675 houses, 52 communication lines and affected 27 highway sections.

On Sunday, the Honduran government decreed a national emergency due to the damages. Since Sunday night the storm began to degrade and on Monday the rain stopped, but the alert is kept in almost all the country.

The most affected zone are the south of the country in Valle and Choluteca communities as well as in the north and west of the country.

U.S. ambassador to Honduras, Hugo Llorens announced on Sunday night that his government will donate 100,000 U.S. dollars to assist the emergency, while Honduran Finance Minister William Chong Wong said the Inter American Development Bank will aid Honduras with 200,000 dollars.

The World Food Program will give 8,000 metric tones of basic grain to aid the victims.

Source:Xinhua

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