Disaster Risk and Sustainable Development

Authored by: Christopher M. Bacon

The Routledge Handbook of Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415590655
eBook ISBN: 9780203844236
Adobe ISBN: 9781136918698

10.4324/9780203844236.ch14

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Abstract

In late October 2008 Hurricane Mitch slammed into Central America. Vulnerable communities and eroded landscapes suffered disastrous consequences as more than 10,000 people lost their lives. The worst single tragedy occurred when the heavy rains fell upon the Casita volcano’s deforested slopes, to produce a lahar consisting of mud, rocks and trees that sped down the steep slopes destroying more than 1,500 homes and killing an estimated 2,500 people including many living in the sleepy agricultural town of Posoltega (Gerulis-Darcy 2008).

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