- Tropical Storm Nate - Oct 2017
- Mexico: Earthquakes - Sep 2017
- Tropical Cyclone Franklin - Aug 2017
- Hurricane Earl - Aug 2016
- Central America: Floods and Landslides - Jun 2016
- Latin America: Storm Surge - May 2015
- Mexico/Guatemala: Earthquake - Jul 2014
- Central America: Drought - 2014-2017
- Mexico: Tropical Storms Ingrid and Manuel - Sep 2013
- Central America: Dengue Outbreak - 2013-2014
AmeriCares emergency response experts are closely monitoring Hurricane Patricia and are preparing to deploy a team to the region. With 200-mph sustained winds and powerful gusts, the Category 5 storm is the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere. Tens of thousands of people along Mexico’s west coast are being evacuated, and a hurricane warning is in effect from San Blas to Punta San Telmo. A larger area is under a hurricane watch in advance of what the National Hurricane Center describes as a “potentially catastrophic” storm.
Tropical Storms Matthew and Nicole and have wreaked havoc in some of the most vulnerable communities in the region. In response, AmeriCares has mounted relief efforts to provide medical and humanitarian aid to survivors.
Communities in El Salvador, Mexico and Jamaica sustained serious damage from the storms that produced serious flooding and mudslides.
Hurricane Ida and fierce rains caused disastrous flooding and mudslides in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Mexico. An emergency airlift of additional medical aid is bound for El Salvador today and other relief is being distributed throughout the region. Hurricane and Tropical Storm warnings have been lifted in the United States, but AmeriCares continues to monitor heavy rains from Florida to Georgia.
El Salvador was affected by fierce rain and was drenched by nearly 2 feet of rain in five hours, causing flash floods and mudslides that have killed over 140 people.
STAMFORD, CT - AmeriCares, a nonprofit humanitarian aid organization, is sending medical and infection control supplies to help several Texas health clinics treat and prevent the swine flu. The shipments include face masks, medicines and other vital supplies. Some clinics report patients with flu symptoms while others are taking precautions to prevent the spread of the disease.
"AmeriCares is watching this outbreak very carefully," said Dr. Frank Bia, AmeriCares Medical Director and an expert in infectious disease.
In 2007, a number of disasters devastated communities and impacted the lives of people already struggling to survive on a daily basis. Most recently, a cyclone ravaged remote coastal towns in southern Bangladesh, leaving millions injured or homeless.
In the fall, Mexico experienced one of the worst natural disasters in its history. Heavy rains flooded three rivers surrounding the town of Villahermosa in the southern state of Tabasco forcing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes. Normally 34% of the state lies below water, but with the floods now 70% of the area is under water. According to officials in the area, more than 1 million people have been affected by the floods.
AmeriCares responded to the disaster immediately by sending an emergency shipment of essential aid to Mexico City.
Earlier this week, Mexico experienced one of its worst natural disasters in its history. Heavy rains flooded the Grijalva River in the southern state of Tabasco forcing thousands from their homes. As emergency response teams continue to rescue stranded civilians, the state government reports that about half a million people were made homeless as the floods destroyed tens of thousands of homes.
AmeriCares is responding to the disaster, as an emergency airlift of essential aid is already en route to Mexico City.