Hurricane Mitch

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  • Hurricane Mitch, 1998 - Honduras
    • Effects
      • Around 7000 people were killed
      • The hurricane destroyed 70% of the country's crops
        • e.g bananas
      • Around 70 - 80% of the transport infrastructure was severely damaged
        • Roads and bridges
      • 35 000 houses were destoryed and 50 000 more were damaged
      • 20% of schools were damaged
      • 117 health centres
      • 6 hospitals
    • Development
      • In 1998 money from agriculture made up 27% of the countries GDP
        • In 2000 this had fallen to 18% because of damage to crops caused by the hurricane
          • This reduced the quality of life of many people as they made less money
      • GDP was estimated to grow 5% in 1998 but it only grew 3% due to the hurricane.
        • This meant there was less money available for development
      • The cost of repairing and rebuilding houses, schools and hospitals was estimated to be $439 million
        • This money could have been used for development
      • All these things set back development
        • the Honduran President claimed the hurricane destroyed 50 years of progress

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