Heavy Rains Hit Central America

Guatemala flood

A woman wades through a flooded street in Puerto San Jose 66 miles from Guatemala City, October 13, 2011. Guatemalan authorities and local media reported that 18 people have died and thousands are affected by the rains. Photo by Reuters/Jorge Dan Lopez, courtesy www.alertnet.org

By Alsy Acevedo, CRS staff

Updated on October 19

Ongoing rains in Central America have caused severe flooding and affected thousands of people in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. All four countries have declared a state of national emergency.

In Honduras, more than 69,000 people were displaced and the majority of the damage was done in the southern departments of Choluteca and Valle. In Nicaragua, floods have affected more than 133,000 people. CRS, through partner Caritas, is distributing pre-positioned emergency kits in affected areas in Honduras and Nicaragua.

CRS is also working with our local Caritas partner in El Salvador to provide initial food and supplies to a total of 5,417 families housed in shelters managed by parishes and in homes in the dioceses of Sonsonate, Santiago de Maria and San Salvador, where groups of families have taken refuge.

In Guatemala, CRS is providing immediate assistance through local partners and has allocated emergency funds to transport readily available items such as hygiene kits, cleaning kits, safe water kits and water tanks to provide relief to up to 1,200 families in Retalhuleu, Santa Rosa and Escuintla.

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