Today in Latin American History
Hurricane Mitch Pounded Honduras, Guatemala & Nicaragua in 1998
Photo: Hurricane Mitch
Today in Latin American history, the category 5 Hurricane Mitch pounded Honduras, Guatemala & Nicaragua killing nearly 20,000 in 1998.
Due to its slow motion from October 29 to November 3, Hurricane Mitch dropped historic amounts of rainfall in Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, with unofficial reports of up to 75 inches.
Deaths due to catastrophic flooding made it the second deadliest Atlantic hurricane in history; nearly 11,000 people were killed with over 11,000 left missing by the end of 1998.
Additionally, roughly 2.7 million were left homeless as a result of the hurricane. The flooding caused extreme damage, estimated at over $6 billion.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Venezuelan-born immunologist Baruj Benacerraf who won the Nobel Prize was born in 1920
- Today in LatAm history, Cuban singer Omara Portuondo whose career has lasted half a century was born in 1930
- Today in LatAm history, Getulio Vargas the President of Brazil resigned after in office for 15 years in 1945