In countries such as Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama, and Guatemala, deadly floods and landslides threatened hundreds of lives. The category 4 storm was the worst in this region in two decades. After most of the countries declared a national state of emergency, around 250 Joint Task Force-Bravo troops were deployed from the U.S. to some of the hardest hit areas in Central America. “The first 72 hours were almost exclusively on search and rescue,” he said. “People who were trapped, and in very dire circumstances” commander of JTF-Bravo Col. John Litchfield stated. More than 378,000 pounds of life saving aid was delivered to stranded communities across the countries.