Hurricane Fifi which swept across Honduras has brought devastation to what was already the poorest country in Central America.
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Background: Hurricane Fifi which swept across Honduras has brought devastation to what was already the poorest country in Central America.
Although it is impossible to give precise figures at this stage, it is estimated that about, 8,000 people may have been killed.
Half the country's farmlands have been destroyed and all major cities are under swirling floodwater. An Emergency Committee said the worst hit towns were the coastal city of Ceiba, the small port of Puerto Trujillo and Choluma.
The basis of Honduras's economy is bananas, cultivated in vast plantations, many of them along the fertile Caribbean coast which was worst hit by the hurricane.
SYNOPSIS: About eighth thousand people are feared dead in the central American republic of Honduras after Hurricane Fifi swept across the country. Devastation has hit what was already a poor country, with all major cities underwater, vast areas of farmland ruined and whole villages submerged.
Hurricane Fifi's one hundred and ten mile-an-hour winds began tearing across Honduras' northern coastline last Wednesday. The worst hit towns were the coastal city of Ceiba, the small port of Puerto Trujillo and Choluma, where tow thousand people are estimated to have drowned. Rescue workers, mainly from the army, have been struggling to reach survivors who have been perched on roofs and trees for days.
The devastation is so complete that it is hard to speculate on how the already poverty-stricken population will recover from it. At present the country is without electricity and most internal telephone links were cut. Neighboring countries are sending relief supplies.
The United Nations Disaster Relief Office said on Saturday that it has sent a top expert to Honduras to prepare an assistance programme.
The Honduras government has asked for emergency help and said that the hurricane has caused at least forty million pounds sterling worth of damage. The people of Honduras rely largely on banana cultivation for their livelihoods. Most of the plantations have been destroyed.