Hurricane Season Wrecking Havoc on Mexico and Central America

Every year people living in Central America feel some impact from fierce Atlantic Ocean hurricanes that blow westward from June through November. This year’s rains, causing flash floods and landslides, have been especially damaging across Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala.

Since summer, thousands of Mexicans have had to flee their homes due to an unrelenting series of storms, according to Reuters. Hurricane Alex, the first of 13 named storms so far, dumped water and mud in the city of Monterrey in July, killing six and washing away animals from the city zoo.  In the state of Oaxaca, four people are confirmed dead and 12 missing in one indigenous town. Eight people died from a collapsed hill outside Mexico City, and a mudslide killed workers trying to remove earth and debris from a road. In the port city of Veracruz, Hurricane Karl left some 15 people dead and roads and bridges unusable.

In Guatemala, landslides and flash floods have killed more than 260 people. Farmers lost grain, banana, and sugar crops. One storm created sinkholes in Guatemala City, the nations’ capital. As early as May and June, some 80,000 Guatemalan residents were forced to evacuate their homes. 

Honduras was also badly hit: Tropical Storm Matthew inundated sugar cane fields that had already been washed out from earlier rains. According to Reuters, sugar growers have had to cut their estimates of sugar production for 2010-2011. The Central America region had planned for a bigger sugar crop this year to meet the import needs of Mexico, whose sugar harvests have been down. Sugar crops in El Salvador and Nicaragua reportedly have not been affected by the hurricanes.

Helping Children and Families Left Homeless by Floods

Hurricane destruction to Mexico and Central America is an annual occurrence that leaves a very real human toll. 

SOS Children’s Villages, with a long-term presence in Mexico and Central America, provides emergency assistance — food and shelter — to families displaced by natural disasters such as flooding and landslides. Learn more at SOS Children’s Villages today.


photo credit: SOS Children's Villages
image shows flooding in Central America
By Kyna Rubin, SOS Children's Villages


Deborah Litster
Deborah Litster7 years ago

I can't believe the comments about spelling what a petty insignificant mindless babble People are suffering whether you care or not and someone is bringing it to our attention care or don't care but "spelling" get a life

Rob and Jay B.
Jay S7 years ago

Not to be picky, but shouldn't it be "wreaking havoc" or "wrecking Mexico and Central America". Can you actually 'wreck havoc'. Hmmm - tragic story either way. Maybe someone should send in GW Bush & Homeland Security heads - just look at how they handled the hurricane in New Orleans. Awesome!

Carrie NotFeelingWell
Carrie B7 years ago

Global warming is a reality!

Kay L.
KayL NOFORWARDS7 years ago

@ Ronald Ellsworth

People care about spelling because:

1) We're tired of bad English becoming acceptible to the detriment of good English

2) It's part of a professional writer's job to use the proper word

3) How can you trust the facts of someone who's careless with spelling, because they are probably equally careless in their looking into the veracity of their "facts"?

4) Say what you mean. If you use the wrong word, you're saying something different from what you mean.

5) Vocabulary is important for communication. Not catching a misuse tends to mean that one's own education is lacking, leastwise when it comes to knowing the proper meaning of words.

6) Proof-reading is an essential part of writing. If a writer can't proof-read his/her own words -- or better yet, get a good editor -- that writer is too lazy / careless to trust their reasoning.

Virginia B.
Virginia B7 years ago

Dear Ms. Nuss: Every competent writer keeps his/her dictionary at hand for reference to avoid just such an egregious error as your headline including " . . . Wrecking Havoc . . . Please refer to your dictionary to check the 2 verbs:"wreck" and "wreak". They are not synonyms!! I couldn't even bring myself to read the article. How can I trust the accuracy of a writer whose mastery of the English language is doubtful -- or perhaps worse -- whose carelessness also precludes accuracy in reporting. You need to clean up / improve your journalistic skills before publishing anything else

ruth a.
ruth a7 years ago

Signs of Global Warming. Heed them not to your peril!

Melissah Chadwick
Melissah C7 years ago


Mary L.
Mary L7 years ago

Thank you.

Sheldon Nadler
Sheldon Nadler7 years ago

I have visited many Central American countries and just recently came back from Costa Rica. Every year is the same. Heavy rains, mudslides, and flooding. What I do not understand is why they do not spend the money to fix the roads and bridges when they know the rain is coming every year? Cost Rica is spending money on highway too roads but not much on their main roads.

Alicia N.
Alicia N7 years ago

I am with Kathleen B. comment..... global warming, this maybe the begging.... so sad!