TEGUCIGALPA – Three young brothers died in a poor suburb of Tegucigalpa under a mudslide caused by torrential rains, local firefighter’s chief Carlos Cordero said Saturday.
He told reporters that two of the bodies were recovered from among the rubble around midnight and the third at about 5:00 a.m.
The three brothers were trapped among the rubble of their brick zinc-roofed house, which was covered by the mud and rocks pouring down a hillside.
The incident occurred in the El Retiro suburb in the extreme northwest of Tegucigalpa, where there are geological faults and mudslides frequently occur.
Meanwhile firefighters were able to rescue another three members of the same family, including a baby boy 1 1/2 years old who had stopped breathing, but who was revived in hospital, Cordero said.
Some 25 firefighters took part in the emergency operation, which was impeded by the constant rain and continuous mudslides in the area, firefighters’ spokesman Oscar Triminio said.
Tegucigalpa municipal authorities have evacuated in recent weeks dozens of families living in high-risk areas of the Honduran capital.
Because of a storm affecting chiefly the east, south and west of Honduras, the Copeco emergency management commission declared a preventive green alert Friday in 13 of the country’s 18 provinces.
In another six communities of Cortes and Yoro in the north, a red alert calling for locals to evacuate has been in place since Wednesday, due to the overflowing of the swollen Ulua River, which has flooded low ground.
More than 1,500 people had been evacuated up to Friday in areas affected by the Ulua.
The green alert will be maintained at least until Sunday, according to Copeco, which has warned that August, September and October will be extremely rainy months because of the La Niña weather phenomenon.