Choreographer of Disaster Management Preparing for Tomorrow's Disasters

Between 22 October and 1 November 1998, Hurricane Mitch, a 180-mph Category 5 storm, the worst to hit the Gulf of Mexico in 200 years, swept through a number of Central American countries devastating the economies of Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala. The hurricane, dumping as much as six feet of rain, washed out roads, destroyed some 400 bridges in the region, changed the course of rivers and left a three feet layer of mud on flooded airport airfields. 10,000 people were estimated dead while some two million were left homeless. The current case study is meant to present the shortcomings and the lessons learned that the IFRC had been confronted with during and after the natural disaster had struck.