Saturday, June 5, 2010

Powerful Thunderstorm Destroys 212 Homes

A powerful thunderstorm occurred Thursday night around 9:00 PM in Zacapa and El Progreso. Residents said the lightning and thunder during the storm was nearly continuous, sounding like a helicopter. The storm unleashed a flash flood on the Rio Chiquito that destroyed everything in its path. The flood destroyed 212 homes and six vehicles. Crops were damaged and an unknown number of animals were lost.

Damage from Tropical Storm Agatha

The latest figures in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Agatha put the death toll at 170 with 100 more persons missing. More than 200,000 persons were affected. 90,000 people are in shelters. Damage to infrastructure is $500 million.