There are more than 145 confirmed deaths across Central America so far, but the toll will likely continue to rise. Hundreds of thousands of people were internally displaced across the region, and it is unclear how many will be able to return to their homes. Its torrential rains battered economies already strangled by the COVID-19 pandemic, took all from those who had little and laid bare the shortcomings of governments unable to aid their citizens and pleading for international assistance. The Hurricane Center said Eta was located about 60 miles (95 kilometers) southwest of Canagua, Cuba, Sunday morning and was moving north-northeast at 12 mph (19 kph). Rescue workers had to call off the search due to increasingly unstable conditions as the rains continued. For many, it is disaster upon disaster. Many have been trying to defend their lands from mining and hydroelectric dam projects in recent years. Eta’s death toll does not come close to that, but as with Mitch, Honduras was the hardest hit, and recovery will likely be measured in years or even decades. Help Hurricane Eta victims in Guatemala. People walk around a road blocked by a landslide in Purulha, northern Guatemala Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. Photo: Yoseph Amaya/Getty Images; Seth Sidney Berry/SOPA/AP. (Left/Top) A woman carries her son as she walks on the mud at Bordo del Lancetilla village flooded by the overflow of the Lancetilla river on Nov. 3, 2020 in Tela, Honduras. A man wades on the road that connects the city of El Progreso, department of Yoro, with the municipality of La Lima, in the Honduran department of Cortes, on Nov. 7, 2020. San Cristobal Verapaz: the deadly landslide in Guatemala triggered by Hurricane Eta. Arteaga is also worried about basic supplies for evacuees, particularly food, given the initial outpouring of contributions in crisis situations often drops off long before the need subsides. Nuñez estimates the community lost up to half its traditional dugout canoes used for fishing, and many residents lost subsistence yucca, malanga, plantain, and other crops. MapAction; Posted 23 Nov 2020 Originally … (Right/Bottom) People who were forced to abandon their homes in the San Pedro Sula Valley due to floods in the aftermath of Hurricane Eta take refuge in a makeshift camp underneath an overpass in Chemelecon on Nov. 7, 2020. Hundreds of families have taken shelter in schools in Boca de Remedio and other villages in two Ngäbe-Buglé districts. Many of the people missing are buried under landslides. "I'm not convinced we're done with Eta.". We don’t have ads, so we depend on our members — 35,000 and counting — to help us hold the powerful to account. "We know there are a lot of dead people, we've seen them, but until we receive official information we can't certify them," explained Marvin Aparicio, head of the agency's incident command system. A spokesperson for Guatemala’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not respond to The Intercept’s query as to whether the Guatemalan government would consider making a second request for TPS after Biden takes office, should the Trump administration reject the request. (Left/Top) A woman carries her son as she walks on the mud at Bordo del Lancetilla village flooded by the overflow of the Lancetilla river on Nov. 3, 2020 in Tela, Honduras. "Now with this situation, this is going to be an exodus, a massive exodus of migrants toward the north," said Matheu. The populations that least contribute to climate change are bearing the brunt of its impacts. Location: Guatemala, country wide. The death toll in Honduras rose to at least 21 people Friday, confirmed by local authorities, but the country's emergency management agency reported only eight. Several smaller landslides in other Indigenous highland regions also killed villagers. Updated on: November 6, 2020 / 9:06 PM In Guatemala, the first army brigade reached a massive landslide Friday morning in the central mountains where an estimated 150 homes were buried Thursday. "We can't get off our houses' roofs because the water is up to our necks in the street," Munguía said. Duration: 00:25 11/7/2020. The bodies of a 35-year-old man and two children were recovered, but the search for the remaining three was halted due to risk, Miranda told The Intercept. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. He also posted video of rescue teams delivering aid via helicopter. The Mayangna won a groundbreaking collective land rights case in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in 2001, but cattle ranching — linked to Nicaraguan beef exports to the U.S. — has been expanding for years into their territory and a biosphere reserve. 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Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua announced evacuations Friday as a second major hurricane in days closed in on Central America with the region still reeling from deadly storm Eta last week. “We are invaded more and more every day,” said Byron Bucardo, a Mayangna leader from the Bosawas region. “An immediate response is urgent,” said Miranda, who has been helping coordinate aid efforts as part of his work with the youth council. The U.S. was a signatory to the resulting accord, the Paris Agreement, which entered into force in 2016 under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Volunteer firefighters walk along a path on a search and rescue operation in San Cristobal Verapaz, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in the aftermath of Hurricane Eta. WCK’s Relief Team is on the ground in Guatemala and Honduras now, preparing sandwiches and bringing food to people by whatever means necessary. A backhoe clears a road blocked by debris brought on by a landslide in San Cristobal Verapaz, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in the aftermath of Hurricane Eta. “They are Garifuna sisters and brothers who live outside the country.”. Honduras has reported at least 57 deaths. "In the coming hours, we are going to start to see, to our regret, Dante-esque scenarios of people found dead" as floodwaters recede. “They are just gone without a trace.”. Consider what the world of media would look like without The Intercept. When Nuñez spoke with The Intercept, the community had not received any aid from the municipal government, but food supplies were coming in. The mosquito species that can carry the three viruses, all of which can be fatal, breeds in stagnant water, and floodwaters have receded in some areas but not others. Recently displaced people in the wake of Hurricane Eta surround a truck giving out food in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on Nov. 7, 2020. The group was using its network of contacts in Honduras to identify the hardest-hit areas and catalogue their most-pressing needs. But now, in the wake of Eta, some residents will need to be relocated within the Ngäbe-Buglé comarca, the most populous Indigenous jurisdiction in Panama and one of the country’s most impoverished regions. “The authorities do not care.”. Indigenous land defenders are increasingly pressuring the financiers of fossil fuel infrastructure to respect their sovereign land right. “This rain would lead to significant, life-threatening flash flooding and river flooding, along with mudslides in areas of higher terrain,” according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. Prior to Iota, health problems were already apparent in the shelters. Event: TROPICAL STORM ETA FORECAST TO STRENGTHEN: Tropical Storm Eta is currently attaining maximum sustained winds near 90 mph (150 km/h). About 150 people have either died or remain unaccounted for in Guatemala due to mudslides caused by Eta, a powerful storm that buried an entire village, President Alejandro Giammattei said Friday. WCK Responds to Hurricane Eta in Honduras & Guatemala. After Centeno’s forced disappearance, a few people withdrew from the community aid efforts out of fear, but Nuñez never took a step back. On Friday morning, Tropical Storm Eta was centered 65 miles east of Belize City. on about your day, ask yourself: How likely is it that the story you just read would have been produced by a different news outlet if The Intercept hadn’t done it? “At present there are no international cross-border protections for people who are displaced by climate-related disaster,” said Kayly Ober, who manages the Climate Displacement Program at Refugees International, an NGO based in Washington, D.C. National and temporary mechanisms such as temporary protected status have significant limitations and drawbacks, according to Ober. Central America is braced for further storms this weekend as the region reels from the devastation caused by Hurricane Eta, the Red Cross has warned. With France on edge owing to a slew of terror attacks, Macron has arguably fanned, rather than quelled, the flames of unrest. Her home in La Lima, a San Pedro Sula suburb, is 150 feet from the roiling Chamelecon river and only a short way from the international airport's runway. "In 10 minutes my house filled up," she said. SHARE. It weakened to a tropical depression inland but the rain continued. The government estimates more than 1.6 million have been affected. Landslides and rising floodwaters have caused more than 50 deaths in Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras. With maximum wind speeds of 140 miles per hour, Hurricane Eta—a Category 4 hurricane—made landfall over Nicaragua’s North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region on November 3, resulting in river overflows, widespread flooding, and damaging landslides. The Garifuna diaspora in the U.S. maintains close ties with coastal communities in Central America, and cross-border mutual aid networks offer support in the face of disaster. Hurricanes continue to batter Guatemala. Both nationalities were granted temporary protected status in the wake of Mitch, allowing people already in the U.S. to remain due to conditions back home. Some 850 miles away, Triunfo de la Cruz has pressing needs too, such as sleeping mats and sheets for the local school shelters, said Nuñez. Donation Policy: Your gift will be used exclusively for the exempt purposes of World Help, a 501(c)(3) organization, and will be considered tax-deductible to the full extent allowed under the federal tax laws. Searchers in Guatemala … Centeno is often on her mind. “I am doing this work in his memory,” she said. The damage and displacement from Hurricane Mitch in 1998 contributed to the rise in Honduran and Salvadoran migration to the U.S. No one has heard from them since. “In the early days, there is always a lot of support,” he told The Intercept. Observers are already anticipating that the havoc wrought by Eta will pressure more people to migrate from countries that are already some of the primary senders of migrants to the United States border in recent years. Mental health crises are likely to become more acute and the coronavirus will remain a threat, as will a potential epidemic of dengue, chikungunya, or Zika, he said. Eta was a Category 4 storm with 140-mph winds when it landed in Nicaragua on Nov. 3 before ripping a wide path of destruction through Honduras and Guatemala. Diversions of rivers by oil palm companies in eastern Guatemala exacerbated the flooding, according to Robin Macloni, director of the Defensoría Q’eqchi’, a Maya Q’eqchi’ rights and development organization based in El Estor, 190 miles east of the capital. Non-Indigenous settlers, some of whom work in tandem with large-scale cattle ranchers, clear-cut sections of the largest remaining tract of tropical rainforest in Central America, their cattle contaminate water sources, and they are often armed and aggressive. She managed about two hours of sleep Thursday night between the intermittent rain and damp chill. Prince William and Kate Middleton's kids make red carpet debut, Citizen journalist detained for reporting on China COVID outbreak, "may not survive", China plants flag on the moon as spacecraft lifts off, Iran executes journalist Ruhollah Zam over his online work, Rare shark attack kills tourist off St. Martin in eastern Caribbean, California Privacy/Information We Collect. Hurricane Eta death toll grows in Guatemala. The storm made landfall off the coast of … The kind of reporting we do is essential to democracy, but it is not easy, cheap, or profitable. Numerous smaller landslides have blocked highways and access roads to the remote town of San Cristobal Verapaz. A toddler is carried over a flooded street in the aftermath of Hurricane Eta in Jerusalen, Honduras, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. Poverty (and poor government planning) are making things worse. Category 5 Hurricane Iota Heads for Central America . The landslide, in an area that is remote and steep, destroyed a number of houses in the village of Queja. The record-tying twenty-eighth named storm, twelfth hurricane and fifth major hurricane of the extremely active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, Eta originated from a vigorous tropical wave in the eastern Caribbean Sea on October 31. Dozens of Indigenous people in Nicaragua’s autonomous regions have been killed in recent years, including Mayangna villagers. “As Garifuna we demand justice, and we demand they be brought back alive.”. With another hurricane, Iota, now bearing down on Central America, Triunfo de la Cruz will use its schools as shelters and is ramping up efforts at the donation distribution center it set up to manage the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Iota became a Category 5 hurricane on Monday and is expected to bring dangerous levels of rainfall to the countries hardest hit by Eta. “That usually fades.”. Eta hit Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane on Tuesday blowing furious winds of 150 miles per hour (241 kph). Who would hold party elites accountable to the values they proclaim to have? Copyright © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved. Seventeen people in Panama died and two dozen are missing. Within a few months of Mitch’s landfall, U.S. and Mexican authorities reported record numbers of apprehensions of Hondurans fleeing the disaster. Francisco Argeñal, chief meteorologist at the Center for Atmospheric, Oceanographic and Seismic Studies, said as much as 8 inches of rain had fallen in just the past two days in some areas. A A Hurricane Eta made landfall on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua last week as a Category 4 storm, damaging homes and displacing tens of … Nicaragua, Honduras, and Guatemala are the three most impoverished countries in Central America. Estamos con cada guatemalteco, y no daremos la espalda a ninguno de nuestros hermanos. Disaster Alert: November 5, 2020 As Hurricane Eta is currently in Honduras and moving into Guatemala it is causing heavy rain and flooding throughout the country. “Biden says he wants to ensure a pathway to citizenship for TPS holders.”. In the face of increasingly frequent extreme weather events and rising sea levels, countries worked together to determine global measures to address and slow down climate change. Although Eta’s path was nowhere near Panama, rains from the storm caused extensive damages in the western province of Chiriquí, including Ngäbe-Buglé territory. 2020-11-09 Hurricane Eta damage causes delays in exports from Honduras and Guatemala 2020-11-06 Climate change threatens Peruvian … People remain in a temporary shelter after their homes were flooded due to the heavy rains caused by Hurricane Eta in Morales, north Guatemala City, on Nov. 7, 2020. In the Ngäbe-Buglé village of Boca de Remedio, a landslide buried a family of six. France’s Macron Is Ramping Up a Clash of Civilizations — but Will It Stop Terrorism? “When the rivers swell, they bring contamination and dead animals.”. Some predominantly Maya towns and communities in Guatemala remain partially or even fully submerged. Hurricane Mitch was considered a rare event, but that is no longer the case with Eta and Iota. Garifuna have been heading north and sometimes back for decades. Read More. Officials in Guatemala have called off the search for dozens of people believed to have been buried when heavy rains from Hurricane Eta … Maximum sustained winds had decreased slightly to 60 mph (95 kph). Category 5 Hurricane Iota Heads for Central America Read More As Eta slowly made its way north, days of rain caused widespread flooding: washing out highways and bridges, submerging entire towns, and generating mass displacement. Jackie McVicar November 16, 2020 A … A man wades amid rubbish caused by the passage of Hurricane Eta in the municipality of La Lima, Honduras, on Nov. 8, 2020. “It reacted late and made things more chaotic.”. “Maize, bean, chile, and other crops were definitively lost in the Polochic region,” Macloni told The Intercept. China News Service, November 6th, a comprehensive report, on the 5th local time, Guatemala President Jamata said that Hurricane ETA has caused 50 deaths in his country, and the government and emergency departments are continuing to evacuate people from the affected areas. Wendi Munguía Figueroa, 48, and nine relatives huddled Friday morning on the corrugated metal roof of her home surrounded by brown floodwaters, but with little drinking water remaining. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hurricane-eta-150-dead-missing-guatemala It’s been a long week, but the work can’t stop. G uatemala on Wednesday made an international call for assistance to recover from the damage caused by the passage of cyclone Eta, which left some 46 dead, 96 missing and almost 700,000 affected by landslides and floods last week, the Foreign Ministry reported. In Honduras, for example, President Juan Orlando Hernández was an unindicted co-conspirator in a case against his brother, a former congressman convicted last year by a U.S. federal court on drug trafficking charges. If Eta makes landfall along the U.S. coastline, it would break the record for the most named storms to make a U.S. landfall in a season, at 12, CBS News' Jeff Berardelli reported. “The crops and little shelters people used when they worked the land were washed away,” Nuñez told The Intercept in a telephone interview. Israel responded positively to requests by Guatemala, Honduras and Panama who applied for humanitarian aid in wake of the severe damage caused by Hurricane ETA that hit Central America. SHARE. In June 2017, President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would withdraw from the accord, but because the accord prevented signatories from giving notice of withdrawal for three years following ratification, the U.S. withdrawal officially occurred right when Eta was bearing down on Central America. They had not recovered any bodies yet, but said that more than 100 people were believed to be missing, the army announced. As often happens, the populations that least contribute to climate change are bearing the brunt of its impacts. An aerial view of the massive, rain-fueled landslide in the village of Queja, in Guatemala, on Nov. 7, 2020, in the aftermath of Eta. Agence France-Presse contributed to this report. Hurricane Eta Devastates Central America as U.S. Withdraws From Climate Accord Indigenous communities in Honduras, Nicaragua, and Guatemala were among the hardest hit. First published on November 6, 2020 / 2:11 PM. Guatemala: Hurricane Eta and Iota - Country overview (23 Nov 2020) Format Map Source. In Honduras, doctors from a public hospital in San Pedro Sula stated that there have been coronavirus cases in some shelters. High winds were always expected, but the storm hovered for days over Nicaragua, Honduras, and Guatemala, seemingly … “Skin complications and respiratory symptoms will be continuous,” said Juan Carlos Arteaga, the Doctors Without Borders team leader in Choloma. If anything, she is even more committed to the initiative. Last week, Hurricane Eta caused immense destruction in Central America, making landfall as a Category 4 storm. They get water from the rivers,” he said. This year’s Atlantic hurricane season has been so extreme that the naming of tropical storms ran through the alphabet well before Eta came along. “I very much doubt that this administration would take that request seriously,” Ober told The Intercept, noting that the U.S. government’s stance on TPS is likely to shift drastically in January. When the pandemic hit, elected community council president Sneider Centeno had approached Nuñez, a nurse, about getting involved with the community aid center, and the two began working together closely. It had been raining hard since Monday even though Eta's center didn't enter Honduras until Wednesday. TWEET. © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. (Right/Bottom) People who were forced to abandon their homes in the San Pedro Sula Valley due to floods in the aftermath of Hurricane Eta take refuge in a makeshift camp underneath an overpass in Chemelecon on Nov. 7, 2020.Photo: Yoseph Amaya/Getty Images; Seth Sidney Berry/SOPA/AP. It will be days before the true toll of Eta is known. EMAIL. Honduras Foreign Affairs minister Lisandro Rosales said via Twitter that "the destruction that Eta leaves us is enormous and public finances are at a critical moment because of COVID-19, we make a call to the international community to accelerate the process of recovery and reconstruction.". "Whatever comes out (of Central America) is going to linger a while," said Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach. A team from Doctors Without Borders has been providing medical aid, including mental health services, at shelters in Choloma, Honduras. “The national response capacity has been exceeded,” Oscar Cossio, executive secretary of the Coordinator for Disaster … Hurricane Eta devastated Indigenous communities in Central America this month as the U.S. formally withdrew from the world’s foremost climate accord. A textile factory-dominated area that is now the country’s third largest city, Choloma experienced severe flooding and displacement during Hurricane Eta, and the government has issued evacuation orders for low-lying areas ahead of Hurricane Iota’s arrival. That’s all it takes to support the journalism you rely on. The neighborhood flooded in 1998 during Hurricane Mitch - a storm that killed more than 9,000 people in Central America - but Munguía said there is more water this time. Residents wade through a flooded road in the aftermath of Hurricane Eta in Planeta, Honduras, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. Storm surge affected the coast, and uprooted coconut palms now lie along the shoreline. As the remnants of the hurricane moved back over Caribbean waters, governments in Central America worked to tally the displaced and dead, and recover bodies from landslides and flooding that claimed dozens of lives from Guatemala to Panama. That is the case in Quejá, an Indigenous Maya Poqomchi’ village north of Guatemala City where a mountainside gave way, burying close to 100 residents. In another, an overflowing river washed away homes. linked to Nicaraguan beef exports to the U.S. From there it could reach Florida or eventually head toward the U.S. Gulf coast, though the long-term path remained uncertain. Eta is expected to gain force over the next several hours and could be a major hurricane by the time it makes landfall in Nicaragua early Tuesday, November 3. Democracy is fragile at best after decades of U.S.-backed military dictatorships and civil wars, and high levels of polarization, corruption, and mistrust in government present severe complications for aid coordination efforts. Photo: Seth Sidney Berry/SOPA/LightRocket/Getty Images. "We will use every resource, human or material, because we will get through this together," Giammattei said on Twitter. Millions of people have been affected. The system rapidly organizedas it progressed west, with the cyclone ultimately becoming a Category 4 hurricane on November 3. Volcaremos todos los recursos, humanos y materiales, porque esto lo superaremos juntos.#JuntosPrevenimos#GuatemalaNoSeDetiene pic.twitter.com/D02VQjx1cW. It said rescues were happening Friday in San Pedro Sula and La Lima, but the need was great and resources limited. Eta made landfall in Nicaragua’s North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region, first hitting the predominantly Indigenous Miskito coast before moving inland over more remote Indigenous Mayangna communities. While international attention remained focused on the U.S. elections, Hurricane Eta made landfall in northeastern Nicaragua and then proceeded to make its way across Honduras, with severe impacts on Guatemala and other countries in the region as it headed back out to sea and regained hurricane strength before hitting the Florida coast. 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