Julia leaves dozens dead in region, repair bill in billions

14th October 2022

Hurricane Julia’s path through Central America caused an expected level of havoc, leaving dozens dead, millions affected, and repair bills estimated in the billions of dollars. The Honduran government alone reported needing at least US$ 2bn for its recovery efforts. With hundreds of roads and bridges affected, infrastructure repairs will be of a high priority. Guatemala’s agricultural ministry reported that 250,000 families have lost basic food crops with bananas, cardamom and coffee also severely affected. Nicaragua, where Julia made landfall at its strongest, reported US$ 160-200mn in damages and no deaths. Many of the areas affected also suffered damage during Hurricane Eta and Iota in 2020.  

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