JICA dispatches emergency supplies to Honduras

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Following relentless rains which flooded many parts of the country, JICA has dispatched emergency aid supplies to the Central American state of Honduras.

At least 24 persons were killed and some 25,000 persons were evacuated from their homes after days of torrential rains, landslides and flooding, particularly in low lying northeast parts of the country. Rivers swelled and around 60 percent of the country's roads were damaged.

JICA air freighted tents, water tanks, purifiers, blankets and sleeping mats from its regional warehouse in Miami to the San Pedro Sula area of Honduras.

The entire region is prone to devastating weather. Honduras has still not fully recovered from the effects of Hurricane Mitch which killed at least 11,000 people in 1998 in that country and neighboring Nicaragua.

Natural calamities have hit many parts of the world in recent months. As part of the national Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) system, JICA has sent emergency supplies, and at times medical and emergency teams, to help the victims of a massive earthquake which shook China's Sichuan Province and a separate tremor in Kyrgyzstan, survivors of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and floods victims in Laos, Viet Nam, Central Europe, Ukraine, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.