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Subregional Central America – Hurricane Julia and torrential rains

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FAO. 2023. Subregional Central America – Hurricane Julia and torrential rains: Urgent call for assistance. Rome.



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    Central America has been severely affected by a record-breaking hurricane season, with Category 4 Hurricane Eta raging through the region at the beginning of November, followed by Category 5 Hurricane Iota just about two weeks later. The heavy rains, strong winds, flash floods and storm surges triggered by the Hurricanes have affected a total of about 8.3 million people across Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, which are already hard hit by years of erratic weather patterns and more recently by the effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, resulting in potentially significant catastrophic impacts. Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua were the most heavily affected countries in the region. Supporting small-scale farmers and other affected households who lost crops and productive assets from the early onset of the lean season through the primera harvest (March‑September 2021) is essential to restore their livelihoods.
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    Central America has been severely affected by a record-breaking hurricane season, with Category 4 Hurricane Eta raging through the region at 225 km/h from during the beginning of November, followed by Category 5 Hurricane Iota about two weeks later. The flash rains, strong winds, floods and storm surges triggered by the Hurricanes have affected a total of about 5 million people across Central America and Mexico, which are already hard hit by years of erratic weather patterns and more recently by the effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, resulting in potentially significant catastrophic impacts. So far, about 24 percent of people affected are located in Guatemala, with 1.2 million people in the North and North-East regions who are facing displacement, and loss of life, homes, assets and livelihoods, which is impacting agribusiness, forestry, livestock and crop production, and artisanal fishing. The Hurricanes have hit at the start of the new planting season and if rains continue, bean and maize crops are likely to suffer irreparable damages, especially in eastern Guatemala, causing significant harvest losses. FAO urgently requires USD 4 million to provide 110 000 people with emergency agricultural assistance to quickly restore their production activities.
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    Central America has been severely affected by a record-breaking hurricane season, with the passage of Category 4 Hurricane Eta across the region in early November 2020, followed by Category 5 Hurricane Iota about two weeks later with the strongest winds experienced in 127 years. The rains, strong winds, flash flooding and storm surges triggered by the Hurricanes have affected about 5 million people across Central America and Mexico, an area already hit by years of erratic weather patterns and more recently by the effects of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the results of which are potentially catastrophic. The Government of Nicaragua has indicated that preliminary estimates of overall damages and losses due to the Hurricanes amount to more than USD 742 million (6.2 percent of the country’s gross domestic product). So far, about 40 percent of those affected are from Nicaragua – 3 million people mainly from the indigenous territories where artisanal fishing, forestry and agriculture have been significantly impacted. The Hurricanes hit at the start of the lean season when food stocks are already traditionally low and have now been depleted. Moreover, reduced harvests are expected and livestock production has been severely affected, with significant losses. The combined effects of the Hurricanes and of COVID-19 are expected to exacerbate vulnerabilities, with increased levels of food insecurity and malnutrition; as 30 percent of the working population relies on agriculture for their livelihoods, it is essential to provide emergency agricultural support to the most vulnerable, affected households.

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