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A year after Hurricane Mitch ripped through Central America, Church World Service and partner organizations the Council of Evangelical Churches (CEPAD) in Nicaragua and the Christian Commission for Development (CCD) in Honduras have announced that the Hurricane Mitch reconstruction program will continue through March of 2001. Already, more than 80 volunteer construction teams have begun or completed more than 1,000 new homes in Honduras and Nicaragua so far this year. Another 101 teams are scheduled into 2000.
Text on Central America also Approved; UN Self-Examination Welcomed as Debate Begins on Situation in Bosnia and Herzergovina
The General Assembly this afternoon adopted resolutions calling for special economic assistance to individual countries or regions, assistance to the Palestinian people, enhanced cooperation between the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), procedures to establish a firm and lasting peace in Central America and general and complete disarmament on the issue of small arms.
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As a new hurricane season begins, the aftermath of last year's Hurricane Mitch is still with us. However, the generosity of thousands of people have helped Central America rebuild, one step at a time.
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Tegulcigalpa , Honduras(UMCOR) November 28, 1999: "The gods punished us for being bad," said one local Honduran mother. "A lot of forces are telling us that the hurricane hit us because we deserved it, said another. These words were common in Honduras more than a year after Hurricane Mitch demolished half the country and deprived many of homes, food, jobs, and loved ones. "My thoughts are with these victims," said UMCOR's Deputy General Secretary, Paul Dirdak.
Less than a year after Hurricane Mitch unleashed its fury on the countries of Central America, most of the world's attention has been diverted to other global events. But the people of Honduras and Guatemala continue to construct new homes, to repair what schools and hospitals have remained standing, to replant entire crops and to work to regain a sense of normalcy for their families.
Press Release 99/70 C/5
Rome, November 15, 1999 -- While increasing numbers of people face food emergencies, the causes are changing, suggest two UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports released today. "For the first time, human induced disasters such as civil strife and economic crises have more effect on food shortages than nature-induced crises," said Dr. Hartwig de Haen, Assistant Director General of FAO.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Almost 3,000 Hondurans have been evacuated and thousands more isolated by flooding as heavy rains continued along the country's Caribbean coast, emergency officials said on Friday.
The port city of La Ceiba, 115 miles (185 km) north of Tegucigalpa, and dozens of smaller communities, were cut off after bridges were downed by overflowing rivers, presidential adviser Juan Bendeck told Reuters.
Honduras declared a maximum alert for its east coast region, where a low-pressure system has brought heavy rains for more than 48 hours.
A year after Hurricane Mitch devastated many parts of Central America, CWS partner the Christian Commission for Development (CCD) has been awarded the Honduras 1999 National Human Rights Award for their work with victims of the disaster. Human Rights Commissioner Leo Valladares presented the award to CCD executive president Noemi Espinoza, saying, "...they put their organizational experience to work serving all people, especially the most needy and the excluded."
U.S. Peace Corps volunteer Mary Bosy was working as a teacher trainer in Hato, Dominican Republic, when Hurricane Georges destroyed more than half of the schools in her district.
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 99/0205
Honduras - Floods
OCHA - Situation Report No.7
5 November 1999
Torrential rains and flooding in September and the first half of October have affected the country, particularly in the Sula Valley, in the north, near the industrial city of San Pedro de Sula. High waters and mudslides have also affected the capital, Tegucigalpa, and its surrounding areas. Mass evacuation of people has been effected and a number of casualties reported. A state of emergency has been declared by the Government, and relief and food assistance from the international community has been distributed to the victims.
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Un an après le passage du cyclone Mitch, la Suisse soutient à raison de 83,4 millions de francs la reconstruction en Amérique centrale: 43 millions sont des fonds publics et 40,4 millions proviennent d'organismes privés. A la fin du mois d'octobre, la DDC a analysé avec quatorze organisations non gouvernementales l'aide d'urgence et à la reconstruction fournie jusqu'ici. Conclusion: la Suisse a su réagir très vite; les efforts de reconstruction bénéficient directement aux personnes touchées; les projets suisses sont bien coordonnés.