A tropical depression has brought heavy rainfall to a large part of Central America. Since October 10th rainfall has surpassed average levels by 200% and 300%. On October 19th there were at least 92 reported deaths, some 600,000 people affected, more than 90,000 people evacuated and more than 70,000 people in shelters, according to figures provided by the region's governments. 31 people died in Guatemala and 32 in El Salvador. In both Nicaragua and Honduras a dozen people were killed. Those four countries have declared a State of Emergency and/or a State of Disaster.
In order to assess the humanitarian needs, the European Commission's Department of Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) has deployed a team from its regional office in Managua to El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. ECHO is in permanent contact with its partners in the region, many of which have implemented ECHO funded disaster preparedness projects in different areas. Humanitarian needs are being assessed in order to provide an optimal response.