• Crisis Severity ?
    1.7
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Impact ?
    2.0
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Humanitarian Conditions ?
    0.7
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Complexity ?
    2.9
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Access Constraints ?
    2.0
    No constraints
    Extreme constraints

Overview

14/12/2020

Two category 4 storms hit Central America’s Caribbean coast in November, both making landfall in the North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region of Nicaragua. The hurricanes followed virtually identical paths across Central America and Mexico, affecting over 8 million people. High winds and heavy rains caused widespread flooding, displacements, and infrastructure damage. Hundreds of people have been killed as a result of flooding and landslides.?

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season was the busiest ever recorded with 30 named storms, and is the only season to have had two major hurricanes in November. The season officially ended on 30 November. By the end of November, national authorities and humanitarian organisations in all affected countries were starting to establish longer-term response and recovery operations. The humanitarian consequences of the hurricanes are likely to take years to overcome, however.?

Eta hit southern Mexico as a tropical storm on 6 November, while Iota did not have any significant impact in the country. Eta brought heavy rains to southern Mexico and caused severe flooding and landslides in the states of Chiapas, Tabasco, and Veracruz, affecting 168,700 people and killing 27. Thousands of homes were damaged and many people are staying in temporary shelters. The affected population has significant food, shelter, and health needs.?

Latest Developments

14/12/2020

Heavy rains brought by Hurricane Eta affected Mexico’s southern states of Chiapas, Tabasco, and Veracruz, causing landslides and flooding. Over 7,600 people were in need of relief shelters in Tabasco.?