One woman died and hundreds of people have been affected by heavy rains that have deluged Honduras for the past three days, and emergency authorities have seen themselves forced to extend by 48 hours a preventive alert declared last week.

The spokesman for the Fire Department in Tegucigalpa, Oscar Triminio told reporters that on Monday Dinora Yamileth Torres, 20, was crushed when the walls of an adobe house collapsed in the La Esperanza neighborhood.

Triminio said that authorities were searching for another person who may have gone missing in the same area, which has been affected by the collapse of other structures.

The emergency management office extended by 48 hours a so-called "green" (or preventive) alert that had been declared on Friday due to the storm.

The rains have forced the evacuation of more than 500 people in the eastern community of Trojes and damaged 106 houses there, according to government figures.

Minor damage has been registered in the northern town of El Progreso and the community of Catacamas in eastern Honduras, authorities said. EFE