Today in Latin American History
Hurricane Stan Killed Over 1,000 After Touching Down in Mexico & Guatemala in 2005
Photo: Hurricane Stan
Today in Latin American history, Hurricane Stan killed over 1,000 people after touching down in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Savlador in 2005.
Due to Stan’s position within a large area of convective activity and thunderstorms, the hurricane’s effects were far-reaching and widespread across Central America.
Flash floods generated by the hurricane caused severe crop losses, particularly to coffee crops.
Overall, Stan caused at least 1,668 deaths across six countries, with many others unaccounted for. Most of these fatalities occurred in Guatemala, and were mostly caused by mudslides triggered by torrential rainfall.
The floods in Guatemala destroyed entire towns and disrupted exportation of petroleum.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, former President of Argentina Nicolás Avellaneda who led education reform was born in 1837
- Today in LatAm history, U.S. forces defeated Nicaraguan rebels at the Battle of Coyotepe Hill in 1912
- Today in LatAm history, Puerto Rican baseball player Wil Cordero who played for the Montreal Expos was born in 1971
- Today in LatAm history, Peruvian footballer Claudio Pizarro who plays for the National team & FC Bayern was born in 1978
- Today in LatAm history, Ecuadorian actor Carlo Alban who was in Prison Break & 21 Grams was born in 1979
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian footballer Frederico Chaves Guedes who plays for the National team was born in 1983
- Today in LatAm history, Colombian footballer Jackson Martínez who plays for the National team & FC Porto was born in 1986