El Salvador: Earthquake - Feb 2001
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- Informe de situación: terremotos en El Salvador 2001
- Shaking Up Economic Progress: Aggregate Shocks in Latin America and the Caribbean
- Central America immersed in poverty
- El Salvador: Recovery plan from the damage caused by the earthquakes of Jan 13th & Feb 13th, 2001
- El Salvador: A case study in the role of the affected state in humanitarian action
Central America needs help. Dismal weather, low coffee prices, social problems, and bad government make for a potentially explosive situation. Central America is just outside America's back yard. Mounting poverty, human suffering and threats to past political gains pose threats not only to the region but to the United States as well.
The people of the Central American countries have recently seen their livelihoods battered by a combination of natural disasters: hurricanes, drought, earthquakes, and even volcanic eruptions. In addition, they are facing economic problems such as low world prices for their major exports, notably coffee. The impact has been severe. Acute malnutrition, especially among children, is reported in several rural communities in Guatemala. In Nicaragua, thousands of destitute coffee farmers have reportedly migrated to the cities in search of employment.