The Hurricane Mitch reports below were written and posted live, back in 1998, by the personnel at Honduras.com.
Honduras.com was the first website to have the resources and technology in place to be able to report back to the rest of the world, what was taking place in Honduras, as Mitch blew its destructive path through the country. Our brave reporters rode along with rescue and emergency teams to many areas of the country right before Hurricane Mitch was about to strike, in an effort to help save lives and capture the event, in hopes of alerting the world as to what was taking place.
Before, during, and after, one of the deadliest hurricanes to hit Honduras, Honduras.com was there to do what we strive to do every day – bring information of Honduras to the world. Honduras.com was able to lead the country’s first online donation center, which was a resounding success. An outpouring of concern and help from around the world was coordinated through Honduras.com; from financial aid, to the donations of boats, radios, clothing, food, and many crucial items necessary to rescue stranded victims.
To this day, Honduras.com remains grateful to its loyal followers for giving of themselves throughout this tragic time. The coordinated effort of our team to report what was happening, and our readers, to pass the word along to the families, agencies and governments, was truly astounding in an age with no Facebook, Twitter or other social sites to create a very crucial network of information.
Hurricane Mitch was one a primary factors that brought Honduras to its knees in 1998, and thereafter. It was all but impossible to fathom how the country could go on. Financially, agriculturally, and from a humanity perspective, there was nothing to build from. It would be almost 10 years before the soil would be able to harvest the country’s staples, let alone those exported agricultural products necessary for Honduras’s financial rebuilding. Homes, businesses, crops – all gone.
With the generous donations, financial aid, and resources of neighboring countries, and countries across the globe, Hondurans have worked, through the years, to rebuild.
Following are the reports and photographs taken when Honduras.com was reporting live in 1998, the devastation of Hurricane Mitch.
ONE YEAR LATER, Honduras.com’s own O Ma R posted a follow-up on Hurricane Mitch’s aftermath in the Fantasy Politics section: One Year after Hurricane Mitch Literally Destroyed Honduras Infrastructure and Economy.
Honduras.com’s 1998 Hurricane Mitch Information and Live Coverage was featured worldwide at the following locations: