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A tropical depression that swept in from the Pacific forced thousands of people to abandon their homes throughout Central America. Habitat for Humanity is mobilizing to help affected families with housing solutions that consider immediate as well as long term needs.
SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica (October 23, 2011) – In the early hours of October 12, Tropical Depression 12E, which had previously devastated Tehuantepec, Mexico, had fragmented into torrential rains that continued across Central America for five days. Damages were considerable, mainly due to severe flooding and landslides.
In recognition of World Habitat Day this Monday, October 3, Habitat for Humanity organizations throughout the region will host Housing Forums to raise awareness regarding the need to reduce housing vulnerability in the face of climate-related disasters, among other issues.
Hurricane Stan hit Vera Cruz, Mexico, on Oct. 4 and began generating separate storms that wreaked havoc throughout southern Mexico and parts of Central America. The heavy rainfall from the storms caused severe flooding and mudslides, affecting millions of people in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. More than 500,000 people have lost their homes. Some villages were completed buried by the mudslides. Destroyed roads and infrastructure are hampering rescue and relief efforts in some remote areas.
Habitat for Humanity has strong national programs in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador, the countries hardest hit by floods and mudslides resulting from Hurricane Stan. While assessments of the damage to Habitat homes and affiliates continue, the Habitat offices are assisting other organizations with immediate response efforts and putting plans in place for long-term reconstruction.