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May 28, 2009

Earthquake claims at least 4 lives in Honduras

Story PictureAnd in Honduras, the earthquake had the worst effect. It is confirmed so far that at least four persons were killed and among the damage to infrastructure, is a ten million dollar bridge that collapsed. The Honduran Ambassador, Manuel Sandoval, describes the situation in the aftermath of this morning’s tremor.

Manuel Sandoval, Honduran Ambassador to Belize
“I Belize that Central America, primarily Honduras, is the area most affected by this earthquake. According to reports from COPECO, which is the institution that deals with disasters and contingencies, there are four deaths; a three year old, two nine year olds and a fifteen year old. They were from various parts of Honduras and they died as a result of structures falling on them. The largest structural damage, was from a bridge called La Democracia. It’s a bridge that was donated by the government of Japan at an approximate cost of ten million dollars. A portion of the bridge collapse and presumably a car was passing at the same time, causing it to fall into the river. Two public buildings suffered damages as well. The roof of one of them fell off. There are about fifty houses throughout the country that were damaged or destroyed. Other bridges have cracks on them and the coastal city of La Ceiba also suffered physical damages.”

The Ambassador also said that there is no red flag yet in respect of relief assistance since most of the damages were sustained to government property.

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