The UN says Honduras’ total storm damage of $ 1.9 billion is lower than government estimates

TEGUCIGALPA – Hurricanes Etah and Iota have caused about 45.7 billion Lempiria in Honduras – about $ 1.9 billion – according to the United Nations Economic Commission for the region, much lower than the government’s $ 10 billion Lempirias figure.

The Economic Commission of the Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) said it assessed the loss and damage at the request of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández and was assisted by the government, the World Bank and the Inter-American Bank (IBD).

Honduras Foreign Minister Lisandro Rosels said on December 14 that the storm that struck within two weeks of last month caused devastating flooding in many parts of Central America, and particularly hard-working Honduras causing nearly $ 10 billion in damage.

After the storms, Rosels called for international support.

“The effects of the two hurricanes in Honduras have been devastating both socially and economically. At the human level there are more than 4 million people affected by the need of 2.5 million people. ECLAC said in a report that 92,000 people and 62,000 homes in the shelters were affected.

The President of Honduras has called back-to-back storms the worst disaster that hit Honduras. They were not as deadly as Hurricane Mitch, which killed some 10,000 people in Central America in 1998, including a particularly high death toll in Honduras.

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