Hazardous Environments Case Studies

  • Created by: cleomos
  • Created on: 23-05-16 22:00

Hurricanes Katrina and Mitch

Comparative impacts of a tropical storm in an LIC and an HIC


  • Affected LICs like Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador
  • 1998, tropical depression began in Caribbean
  • Became category 5 quickly
  • Meteorologists couldn't accurately predict where Mitch was heading
  • Slow movement in Honduras 
  • Intense rainfall = widespread flooding, destroyed buildings, roads, bridges, crops 
  • 2nd longest lasting category 5 hurricane
  • Over 17,000 dead or missing overall, 2 million homeless in Honduras
  • Cost $10 billion for damage
  • Short-term emergency aid from NGOs
  • Set back development



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