In November 2020, Hurricane Eta and Hurricane Iota, both Category 4 storms, devastated communities across Central America. First, Hurricane Eta struck on November 3 and slowly moved across northern Nicaragua and into eastern Honduras, before continuing it’s path into north eastern Guatemala and the Caribbean on November 6. Just 15 miles away from Eta’s landfall, near Haulover, Iota then struck on November 17 and followed a similar path. Both storms led to significant flooding and landslides across the region, impacting millions of people.
The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season was historically active, with Iota bringing the season’s count to 30 named storms, the most ever.
Our Disaster Assessment and Response Team (DART) is preparing for a ground assessment in Guatemala at the end of January 2021. Our team will assess communities impacted in the Alta Verapaz region to determine if we can be of assistance during the early and long term recovery phases.