A summary about the economy of Honduras in 1998, with particular emphasises on the country’s dependence on agricultural exports such as bananas. The experiences of Laura Isabel Baptista, who survived the hurricane, are recounted.

Students can use the example of the banana industry to weigh up the pros and cons of an economy that relies so heavily on a few exports. Some students may find the eyewitness account featured upsetting, as it highlights the individual human cost of a hurricane as well as the economic cost.