REGIONAL: 2022 HURRICANE SEASON
Hurricane Agatha, the first Pacific hurricane of 2022, made landfall in southern Mexico as a Category 2 hurricane, the strongest hurricane on record in Mexico in May, killing at least 9 people, authorities said. The storm also knocked out power in coastal communities, which have since been restored, and damaged road infrastructure through landslides, as well as flooding homes.
After crossing into Mexico, Agatha’s remains gradually strengthened on a northeast track, bringing heavy rains to parts of western and central Cuba, where authorities report at least two deaths in the capital. , Havana. Nearly 2,000 people in Havana evacuated their homes and some 50,000 people were left without power.
The system is now in the eastern Atlantic as Tropical Storm Alex, the first named storm of the Atlantic season and now about 130 miles northeast of Bermuda, where tropical storm conditions are expected to continue over the island for the rest of the day. Authorities have closed schools, businesses and public offices, while clean-up crews are clearing roads of downed trees.
CENTRAL AMERICA & MEXICO: MIGRANTS & REFUGEES
Honduras has seen irregular migration soar to almost 38,000 entries over the year to May 29, 2022, most of it in the past two months (31,817 entries since March 14) and via the municipalities of Danlí and Trojes (20,400 and 7,200, respectively), according to information from the National Institute for Migration (INM). INM data shows that Danlí and Trojes together accounted for almost 2,000 irregular entries between 2014 and 2021, indicating that migration through small remote municipalities in the department of El Paraíso increased almost 13 times in 2022.
At least 11,000 migrants are said to be leaving the town of Tapachula in southern Mexico, near the Guatemalan border, heading north towards the United States, potentially becoming the largest caravan ever seen in the country. According to the NGO Center for Human Dignification in Mexico, the group could reach up to 15,000 people. Nearly 70% of the group is made up of women, children and older adults, as the group seeks to travel a well-known coastal route along the Pacific, parts of which face the recent impact of Hurricane Agatha. .
The group is made up of migrants from frequently recorded countries of origin such as El Salvador, Guatemala,
Honduras and Haiti, as well as other Latin American countries such as Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, from countries outside the continent, including India, Bangladesh and several countries in Africa. Tapachula has seen increasing numbers of migrants in recent months, with people heading to city parks and shelters at two to three times previous rates. Some shelters that usually house about 400 people are now hosting nearly 2,000.
- United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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