hursday, November 12, 2020
Office of Press Relations
The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is responding to severe flooding, landslides, and damage caused by Tropical Storm Eta in Central America by providing life-saving assistance to people in the Republics of Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.
In Honduras, the United States is providing $120,000 in humanitarian assistance for hygiene kits, kitchen supplies, and blankets. In Guatemala, USAID is providing $120,000 for food and relief supplies to help people affected by the storm. In Nicaragua, the United States is providing $100,000 for food and other relief items, including hygiene kits and blankets, for the most-vulnerable people in the most-affected areas.
Eta — the 28th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season—made landfall on Central America's East Coast on November 3, 2020, as a powerful Category 4 storm at its strongest. Because of the continuous heavy rains and severe flooding and landslides in many areas, the national governments in the three countries have evacuated thousands of people to emergency shelters, and USAID's disaster experts are working with local responders on the ground to assess the extent of humanitarian needs.
In addition to taking care of U.S. domestic needs first and foremost, the United States is the world's largest donor of humanitarian assistance, and remains committed to supporting the people of Central America at this difficult time. The U.S. stands ready to help the people of other nations affected by Tropical Storm Eta, should their governments request assistance. It is a core American value to help those in need, and our assistance follows global humanitarian principles and our desire to help the most-vulnerable.
The assistance in the wake of Tropical Storm Eta is in addition to $35 million in U.S. humanitarian aid in Hondurans, nearly $29 million for Guatemalans, and nearly $5 million for Nicaraguans in Fiscal Year 2020, including nearly $8 million in Honduras, nearly $12 million in Guatemala and more than $2 million in Nicaragua to help respond to the pandemic of COVID-19. In the past year, USAID also has provided $82.4 million in economic and development assistance in Honduras, $105.7 million in Guatemala, and $14.1 million for Nicaraguans to help our neighbors build more prosperous, secure, and democratic countries.
For the latest updates on the U.S. response to Tropical Storm Eta.