El Salvador

Central America - Hurricane Stan and volcanic eruption

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The country of El Salvador was shaken on Saturday October 1, 2005 with the eruption of the Ilamatepec volcano, also known as Santa Ana. While only two people were reported to have died, many more were made homeless as volcanic lava and ash destroyed homes and villages.
Baptist World Aid ( BWAid), the relief and development arm of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) responded immediately to a request for help from the Baptist Association in El Salvador, and sent US $2,500. BWAid is still waiting to hear from the Baptist Fellowship in El Salvador.

Hurricane Stan then hit El Salvador, Guatemala and southern Mexico. This has resulted in horrific mud slides with many people being killed in their own homes and villages. The village of Panabaj in Guatemala was destroyed with 1400 villagers killed in a quagmire 40 feet (12 meters) deep in places.

Although Stan was only a Category 1 hurricane, it dumped a great deal of rain over the three countries causing severe flooding.

Baptist World Aid is supporting relief work being undertaken by Baptists in the region, and has launched an appeal for monetary help.

Donations can be designated to "Central American Relief" and sent to

Baptist World Aid
Baptist World Alliance
405 North Washington Street
Falls Church , VA22046, USA
Phone: +1 703 790 8980
Fax: +1 703 790 5719
E mail : BWAid @bwanet.org
Contacts: Paul Montacute or Lee Hickman