In October-November 1998, Hurricane Mitch wreaked havoc upon the Caribbean and parts of Central America. The damage the storm produced was unprecedented in the affected areas. In Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Costa Rica, UNICEF compiled these estimates on the human toll: 8,421 killed, 7,671 missing, 10,190 wounded, 1,537,687 evacuated and left homeless and 1,654,000 more affected in some direct way. Furthermore, Hurricane Mitch caused $6 billion worth of damage to the infrastructure of these countries.
Ruan, Juan Carlos
"Hurricane Mitch Jet Stream,"
Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction: Vol. 4
, Article 22.
Available at: http://commons.lib.jmu.edu/cisr-journal/vol4/iss3/22