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By Gustavo Palencia
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Devastated Honduras appealed for help and set a curfew to stop looters while rescuers throughout Central America continued to dig for up to 7,000 dead on Monday after one of century's most destructive Atlantic storms.
Their fragile economies ruined, impoverished Honduras and Nicaragua bore the brunt of horrific deluges and mudslides from a weeklong rampage by Mitch.
ACT responding in Central America
The ACT Co-ordinating Office is continuing
to work closely with ACT members throughout the countries of central America
which have been devastated by the effects of Hurricane Mitch one week ago,
followed by the human catastrophe caused by the tropical storm which
followed the Hurricane. It is now estimated that at least
7,000 lives have been lost in the region, but officials fear that the actual
death toll may be far greater.
Geneva - Following an evaluation mission to the worst affected areas; the teams from Médecins Sans Frontières have been assisting the victims of hurricane Mitch since Sunday, 1 November, in five regions of Nicaragua. Although Mitch has considerably weakened in the last 48 hours, the hurricane has been devastating Nicaragua and neighbouring countries for the past week. The hurricane has resulted in heavy loss of life and serious damage to the infrastructure of Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
Press Release - SG/SM/6780
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:
The Secretary-General wishes to express his deepest condolences to the families of the victims of Hurricane Mitch and to their governments. His heartfelt sympathy goes out to all those who have been touched by this disaster. The Secretary-General urges the international community to show the utmost generosity in the aftermath of the hurricane, which has left thousands dead and several hundred thousand suffering throughout Central America.
UNDP and UN partners are supporting disaster assessment and emergency response activities in the wake of the destruction caused by Hurricane Mitch, one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit Central America this century. Over a thousand people have died in Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala, and hundreds of thousands are homeless. In Nicaragua, mudslides in the northwestern part of the country washed out entire communities; in Honduras, over 50 rivers flooded, destroying roads and bridges.
Baltimore, November 2, 1998 - Though the full extent of the destruction caused by Hurricane Mitch in Central America is still being assessed, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) offices in the region are reacting now to the crisis. Following closely on the heels of Hurricane Georges, this latest disaster will severely strain resources for emergency programming.
CHURCH WORLD SERVICE
EMERGENCY RESPONSE OFFICE
34 Denominations & Communions Working Together to Meet Human Needs
U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE (BHR)
Ref. OCHAGVA - 98/0337
CENTRAL AMERICA - HURRICANE/TROPICAL STORM MITCH
HONDURAS, NICARAGUA, EL SALVADOR, BELIZE, GUATEMALA
OCHA Situation Report No. 7
2 November 1998
In connection with the emergency caused by Hurricane Mitch in Central America, OCHA has been requested to appeal for international assistance with regard to Belize, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua.
appeal no. 33/98
situation report no. 01
period covered: 30 October to 1 November 1998
The storm has devastated almost all Central America. On its new way towards inland and the Pacific coasts, Mitch has also badly hit El Salvador. Latest reports indicate that almost all the roads connecting the Central American countries are damaged and relief items for the emergency phase are needed in all the countries where the National Red Cross Societies are working round the clock in co-ordination with their respective National Emergency Committees.
This report includes: A) Central America: Hurricane Mitch B) Guinea Bissau C) Sierra Leone D) Central and East Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo/Brazzaville and Rwanda E) FR Yugoslavia and region: Kosovo crisis.
I. BACKGROUND INFORMATION
An EMOP for US$ 9.4 million in emergency food aid for poor farmers and their families in five countries in Central America, where the El Niño meteorological phenomenon has caused severe drought and floods, was approved by WFP and FAO on 02/12/97 with a 180 days duration. The need to distribute emergency food rations to cover the needs of 323,000 people, mainly children and women, in remote and rugged areas of Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Panama, was therein identified.
DHAGVA - 95/0444
EL SALVADOR - FLOODS
DHA-GENEVA INFORMATION REPORT NO.1
5 OCTOBER 1995
1. OVER THE LAST WEEK, FLOODING OCCURRED ON COASTAL PLAIN OF EL SALVADOR, PARTICULARLY IN AREAS OF THE DEPARTMENTS OF USULUTAN AND SAN VICENTE ADJACENT TO MOUTH OF LEMPA RIVER. FLOODS WERE ATTRIBUTED TO HEAVY AND PERSISTENT RAINS AND TO DEFORESTATION AND SOIL EROSION IN THE UPPER LEMPA BASIN WHICH CAUSED TORRENTIAL RUN-OFF. THE OPENING OF FLOOD GATES TO REDUCE WATER LEVEL IN A DAM UPSTREAM CAUSED FLOODING IN LOWER LEMPA.
APPEAL FOR INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE IN CONNECTION WITH HAEMORRHAGIC DENGUE OUTBREAK IN CENTRAL AMERICA
COSTA RICA, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, HONDURAS, NICARAGUA, PANAMA
10 SEPTEMBER 1995
(DHA IS ISSUING THIS APPEAL AT THE REQUEST OF PAHO/WHO)