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08 Oct 2014 description

CONTACT:
Alsy Acevedo
Catholic Relief Services
410-951-7341
alsy.acevedo@crs.org

CRS Urges Increase of Refugee Visas for Central American Children
Offers Five Fixes for Youth in Central America

16 Dec 2007 description

While much of the United States was spared from this year's hurricane season, storm systems of historic proportions hit our neighbors in Mexico and the Caribbean. In the last week of October, Tropical Storm Noel bore down on the Dominican Republic and Haiti, killing several dozen people, before moving on to Cuba and elsewhere in the Caribbean. Floodwaters in Haiti and the Dominican Republic raged down hillsides into streets, overflowing riverbanks and uprooting trees, then overtaking homes - some of which were poorly constructed and could not withstand the storm's raging winds.

02 Nov 2007 description

November 2, 2007 - Massive flooding that ripped through Tabasco, Mexico, has affected more than a million residents who are desperately awaiting rescue from their homes and need basic survival supplies, including water, food, shelter, cooking kits and hygiene supplies.

In response, Catholic Relief Services has committed an initial $1 million to help our church partners in Mexico provide immediate lifesaving aid, and is sending additional staff to conduct further assessments.

02 Nov 2007 description

Guatemala City, Guatemala, November 2, 2007 - Catholic Relief Services (CRS) today announced an initial commitment of $1.5 million toward emergency relief and recovery assistance for thousands of people affected by a series of storms that caused the worst flooding in Mexico's history and tore through the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba.

31 Aug 2007 description

Hurricane Dean, the first hurricane of this year's Atlantic storm season, churned its way through the Caribbean islands in mid-August before slamming into Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, near the border with Belize. At least 28 people were reported killed, including 9 Haitians and 8 Mexicans.

Tens of thousands of people throughout the region evacuated to higher ground and secure shelters as the storm bore down on them.

20 Aug 2007 description

August 19, 2007, Baltimore, MD - With Hurricane Dean expected to touch land in Jamaica Sunday afternoon, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has disaster relief experts on the ground, emergency supplies in hand and $50,000 on standby.

Holly Inurreta, Regional Technical Advisor for Emergencies in Latin America and the Caribbean, is monitoring the situation from the capital, Kingston, and is available for phone interviews.

She can discuss how the government is readying the island, how residents are preparing for the storm, and how CRS is prepared to help in its wake.

18 Oct 2005 description

EMERGENCY AID WORKERS AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS IN GUATEMALA & EL SALVADOR

17 Oct 2005 description

October 17, 2005, Baltimore, MD - Las fuertes lluvias, inundaciones y deslaves ocasionados por el Huracán Stan en las últimas dos semanas han destruido la producción de alimentos en Centro América. La magnitud de los daños ha generado preocupación en el personal de Catholic Relief Services (CRS) que brinda ayuda humanitaria por una amenaza de inseguridad alimentaria que está alarmando a los habitantes de Guatemala, El Salvador y en menor grado a Nicaragua, Honduras y el Sur de México. Sólo en Guatemala, se estima preliminarmente 400 millones de dólares de pérdidas en el sector agrícola.

11 Oct 2005 description

Devastation to life and property caused by Hurricane Stan in Guatemala, El Salvador and Southern Mexico has surpassed that caused by Hurricane Mitch. Over 500,000 people have been affected and approximately 2,000 are feared dead. Landslides and flooding have rendered thousands of villages inaccessible and impeded delivery of emergency supplies to those affected.

06 Oct 2005 description

Thousands of children under the age of two are at risk of malnutrition as well as vector and water borne diseases in the wake of Tropical Storm Stan across southwestern Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, southern Mexico and Honduras. Severe flooding, landslides and overflowing rivers triggered by heavy rains have swept away homes killing more than 230 people in the five countries and forcing an estimated 66,340 out of their homes.

20 Jul 2005 description

July 20, 2005, Baltimore, MD - Hurricane Emily is slamming into the northeastern coast of Mexico at this hour, with sustained winds at 125 mph. The eye is passing over the southern end of Laguna Madre, whipping seas and soaking inland areas as far north as South Texas. The main impacts will be felt across Mexico, with water level rise up to 12 feet at the coast and strong winds and heavy rain inland. The flood threat will increase as the hurricane moves inland.

08 Oct 2003 description

October 8, 2003, Baltimore, MD - Tropical storms and hurricanes continue to batter Mexico from both coasts, with the latest rains and flooding affecting more than 500,000 people in 12 states across the country. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) earlier committed resources to relief efforts in the wake of Hurricanes Marty and Ignacio and is now working with Caritas Mexico to respond to this latest round of natural disasters.

24 Sep 2003 description

September 24, 2003, Baltimore, MD - Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is responding to the call of Catholic church partners in Mexico to assist in recovery efforts across a country battered by weeks of storms.

09 Apr 2003 description

Mexico is recovering from a massive earthquake that struck the country on January 21. The quake measured 7.6 on the Richter Scale and damaged or destroyed nearly 12,300 houses and other critical structures (schools, businesses, roads, etc.), and was strong enough to be felt in 13 states. A second quake, measuring 5.8 struck the following day escalating the damage. In the week following the quake, some 29 aftershocks of different magnitudes were recorded throughout the region.

19 Feb 2003 description

Mexico is recovering from a massive earthquake that struck the country on January 21. The quake measured 7.6 on the Richter Scale and damaged or destroyed nearly 12,300 houses and other critical structures (schools, businesses, roads, etc.), and was strong enough to be felt in 13 states. A second quake, measuring 5.8 struck the following day escalating the damage. In the week following the quake, some 29 aftershocks of different magnitudes were recorded throughout the region.

27 Jan 2003 description

Mexico is struggling to recover from a massive earthquake that struck the country on January 21. The quake, which Mexican authorities placed at 7.6 on the Richter scale and the U.S. Geological Survey placed at 7.8, damaged or destroyed thousands of homes and other critical structures (schools, businesses, roads, etc.), and was strong enough to be felt in 13 states. A second quake, measuring 5.8 struck the following day dramatically escalating the damage sustained by the region.

22 Jan 2003 description

January 22, 2003, Baltimore - Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is on the ground to assess the damage and coordinate a response to the strongest earthquake to hit Mexico since 1985 - measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale. The earthquake has left 23 people dead and 140 hospitalized, according to the latest reports from Mexico. The quake was centered in the Pacific coastal state of Colima and was felt in 13 other states, principally Jalisco and Michoacan.

03 Oct 2002 description

October 3, 2002, Baltimore, MD - Relief efforts are underway in the aftermath of back-to-back hurricanes, Isidore and Lili, which battered the low lying agricultural regions of western Cuba and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula over the past two weeks. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) today announced an allocation of almost $240,000 for the provision and distribution of emergency supplies in Cuba's Pinar del Rio and Havana provinces and the Dioceses of Yucatan and Campeche in Mexico.

14 Jan 2001 description

Baltimore, January 14, 2001 - Catholic Relief Services announced today that it has approved an emergency allocation of $50,000 to assist the victims of Saturday's earthquake in Central America that has left serious damage in El Salvador. The agency's office in that country's capital, San Salvador, is working with local partners on the ground and is receiving staff support from CRS staff in neighboring Guatemala. Four field emergency assessment teams are also working throughout the country to identify critical needs and possible intervention.

06 Jan 2000 description

Catholic Relief Services staff continue to work with Caritas Mexico in response to severe flooding and landslides in the southeastern regions of Mexico. To address the most immediate needs of nearly 67,500 critically affected people Catholic Relief Services has contributed more than $210,000 for emergency relief items.