The first of two flights by the Colombian Air Force (FAC), with humanitarian aid To support the more than two million people who were affected in Honduras after the passage of the tropical depression, Eta arrived in the Central American country.
The Honduran Presidency indicated in a statement that the FAC Hercules C-130 landed at the Armando Escalón Espinal Air Base, in the city of San Pedro Sula, in the north of the country.
State of the art equipment
The staff of the DColombian Civil Defense, composed of 12 officials and 26 volunteers, was received by the presidential appointee (vice president) of Honduras, María Antonia Rivera. Among the Colombian team are doctors, nursing assistants, pre-hospital assistants, a psychologist and a search and rescue binomial.
The Honduran Presidency indicated that the plane is carrying “vanguard” equipment that includes a hospital which has “a unit to serve 250 low-complexity patients and another area for patients suspected of covid-19, a unified command post, autonomous water, electricity and communications service.”
Colombia will send a total of 11.5 tons of humanitarian assistance to Honduras, according to the Honduran Presidency and the Colombian Foreign Ministry.
The Colombian Air Force will move three rescue boats and an all-terrain vehicle on Thursday on a second flight. In addition, it has arranged a helicopter to carry out search and rescue operations in Honduras, where hundreds of people are still waiting on the roofs of their homes to be rescued.
According to the Permanent Contingency Commission (Copeco), Eta left in Honduras at least 58 dead and more than 2 million people affected by floods or landslides.
More of 88,000 people have been evacuated and another 50,000 were rescued by rescuers from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, with support from the United States Southern Command. The phenomenon also destroyed thousands of hectares of crops, dozens of homes and public infrastructure throughout the country.
The National Center for Atmospheric, Oceanic and Seismic Studies (Cenaos) of Honduras, indicated that a tropical wave located to the east of the Caribbean Sea, some 1,600 kilometers east of Cape Gracias a Dios, it continues to move slowly westward, towards the Central Caribbean.
Another threat on the doorstep
According to experts, this phenomenon has a “high” probability of cyclonic development for the next five days, when it is located about 1,200 kilometers from Honduras.
The Honduran body indicated that the tropical wave is expected to acquire “greater cyclonic circulation” and continue to improve its organization in the next 72 hours, so it could become the tormenta tropical IOTA next Saturday, when it is located more than 100 kilometers from Gracias a Dios “, in eastern Honduras, on the border with Nicaragua.
“Several models suggest that this phenomenon will move to the north of the Bay Islands (Caribbean), while a few others predict a trajectory towards the coast Caribbean of Nicaragua, between the cities of Bluefields and Puerto Cabezas. “However, the Center for Atmospheric Studies assured that” there is still no clear consensus “of the models regarding the intensity that the phenomenon may have.