Honduras

Honduras floods - 28 Oct 2008

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Christian Aid has sent $30,000 to fund immediate relief activities in flood-ravaged Honduras.

The country has declared a state of emergency following a spate of landslides and flooding which has affected more than 270,000 people. Almost the whole country - 17 out of Honduras' 18 provinces - is affected.

Fortunately, thanks to well-organised evacuations, the death toll is relatively low, with 33 people known to have died.

Christian Aid's local partners CASM, OCDIH and ASONOG helped communities evacuate safely, and are now distributing food aid, bottled water and hygiene kits to families who were forced from their homes.

Over the next few weeks, our partners are hoping to reach almost 28,000 people in the worst-affected areas.

'This is the worst flooding Honduras has experienced since Hurricane Mitch ten years ago,' explains Christian Aid's emergencies officer for Central America, Erwin Garzona.

'The impact is worse than Hurricane Felix in 2007 or Hurricane Bertha in 2004, but there has been little media coverage, partly because this situation is caused by continuous heavy rainfall, rather than a dramatic hurricane strike.'

Christian Aid has been funding disaster risk reduction work in Honduras for several years, helping communities prepare for the annual storms, floods and landslides.

This has included helping villages set up early warning systems, evacuation procedures and emergency shelter plans.

Partners have also helped communities build sturdy, high-level bridges, watertight metal granaries to store food safely, and raised chicken coops to keep hens safe from floodwaters.