WASHINGTON (Sep. 24)
The few Jewish families living on the north coast of Honduras, which was devastated by Hurricane Fifi, apparently suffered no casualties, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency was told today. No reports of any casualties have been received thus far by Jewish sources here. Some 5000 were reported dead and 50,000 were made homeless by the hurricane.
Most of the approximately 70 Jews on the north coast live in the industrial and commercial city of San Pedro Sula which, a United Fruit Co. official told the JTA, largely escaped hurricane damage. San Pedro Sula has a synagogue. One Jewish family was believed to be living in Tela which was flooded. The total Jewish population in Honduras is estimated at 150. Most of the other Jews live in the capital. Tegucigalpa. Israel is represented by an honorary consul.