Storm Iota “devoured” bridges and 43 roads

As a result of the effects of tropical storm “Iota”, at the national level there were 43 damaged roads, three damaged bridges, 46 collapses, eight landslides, 22,725 families affected and 7,762 damaged homes, of which 13 were totally destroyed.

According to the authorities of the Permanent Contingency Commission (Copeco), two communities were cut off, however, unofficial reports indicate that the number would be much higher, so the information is constantly updated.

The passage of the tropical storm caused 80 rivers and streams to increase their levels, to the point of leaving their channels; five damaged fords and bridge boxes were also reported among the damages.

Several box bridges and underground drainage infrastructure works succumbed.


The Copeco authorities carry out the necessary assessments at the national level to determine the magnitude of the damage to the country’s infrastructure, mainly affected in the north and south of the country.

Copeco technicians emphasized yesterday that the red alert remains due to the fact that the saturation levels of the soil with rainwater are higher than 80 percent, so that in the coming days more landslides, landslides, as well as reactivation could occur. of geological faults.

Among some of the roads reported with damage yesterday, they reported on the road artery that communicates with Santa Bárbara, on the Tencoa and Gualala bridge; and in El Paraíso, the road between Trojes and Danlí.

Damage was also reported in Yoro, on the street between Olanchito and Sabá; one lane of the highway between La Esperanza and Marcala, in Intibucá, as well as in Olancho, in San Francisco de la Paz and Gualaco.

The authorities registered 46 landslides and remain alert due to the high levels of soil saturation.
The fall of trees in different sectors of the country hampered vehicular circulation.
Tropical Storm Iota caused severe damage to 43 highways and destroyed some bridges by causing rivers to overflow.
One of the damaged bridges was that of Sabá, Colón, where a huge hole was formed due to the rains.

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