CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1998
In what the government called "a humanitarian response to the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Mitch," the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service said Friday that it was temporarily halting the deportation of Honduran, Nicaraguan, Salvadoran and Guatemalan nationals. Deportations to those flood-ravaged Central American nations will be suspended at least until Nov. 23, said Bill Strassberger, an INS spokesman.
September 18, 1993 |
Tropical Storm Gert killed at least 28 people in Nicaragua and Honduras and left more than 15,000 homeless before moving out to sea, officials said. It gathered strength as it moved over the Caribbean toward Belize and Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, reports said. Authorities in Nicaragua said heavy rains and flooding left at least eight people dead and 10,400 homeless there before Gert crossed into neighboring Honduras. In Honduras, at least 20 people were reported killed and 5,000 left homeless.
December 2, 1998 |
Honduras announced that it suspended a governor for inflating her region's death toll from Hurricane Mitch. It also lowered its official death count by 1,350 people. The new death toll of 5,657 was compiled after the government sent teams to verify regional reports. The governor, Lucila Esperanza Barahona de Castro of the Santa Barbara region, was suspended after investigators could only verify 282 of the 1,159 deaths reported in her area.
December 11, 1998 |
The Clinton administration and international donor organizations, heeding a warning from four Central American presidents that the ravages of Hurricane Mitch are endangering democracy in their countries, pledged more than $1 billion Thursday in relief and interest-free loans to the devastated region. "You are our neighbors, our friends, our partners," Undersecretary of State Stuart E. Eizenstat said during an emergency meeting of the visiting presidents and a group of donor organizations.
December 10, 1998 |
With a sum of $400 million, Honduras could get a start on rebuilding the 88 bridges that tropical storm Mitch destroyed or damaged on its rampage through Central America. Or it could construct housing for some of its 1.4 million citizens who lost their homes. Or, Honduras could make the regular annual payment on its $4.1 billion foreign debt.
November 4, 1998 |
Grieving crowds jammed morgues and hospitals in search of missing loved ones here Tuesday as Honduran officials raised their estimate of the death toll from Hurricane Mitch to 7,000 in their nation alone. Meanwhile, the onetime hurricane, which killed more than 9,000 people throughout Central America, advanced across the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, though its 45-mph winds were a shadow of the 180-mph monster of last week.