El Salvador

ICR Responds to Earthquake in El Salvador

News and Press Release
Originally published
No doubt you will be well aware of the tragic devastation caused by an earthquake in El Salvador mid January. The earthquake, measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale, has triggered massive landslides, the most serious of which literally swallowed up one of the capital's suburbs, Santa Tecla.
The death toll has already reached 500 and is expected to rise. 1200 people are missing and thousands of homes have been destroyed.

Landslides throughout the country have left some villages stranded, making it hard for emergency teams to help survivors as they attempt to find family and friends, many buried alive under tonnes of mud and debris.

Electricity and water supplies remain sporadic in some areas and aftershocks are continuing.

ICR's partner in neighbouring Nicaragua is already assessing the extent of the damage first hand so that appropriate emergency relief can be provided.

They have requested ICR's immediate financial assistance.

ICR has promised to support this emergency work and we hope that you will help us fulfill this pledge by making a donation.

Please give as much as you can and pray for those who are still missing, as well as for the survivors who now need our help in facing a bleak and uncertain future.