November 9, 2009
Severe flooding and landslides affect thousands this weekend in El Salvador, leaving over 200 homes destroyed and thousands more in need of repair.
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San Salvador, El Salvador (November 9, 2009)—Habitat for Humanity El Salvador is providing basic necessities such as food and blankets for victims of severe floods indirectly triggered by Hurricane Ida, while evaluating the next immediate response.
According to national sources, at least at least 130 people have been reported dead and 60 missing as a result of the hurricane. Additionally, 1,835 homes suffered damage and another 209 were completely destroyed. Some 10,400 people have sought refuge in temporary shelters and are in urgent need of food, blankets and clothing.
One of the most severely affected regions in El Salvador was San Vicente, where heavy rains caused massive landslides heavy rocks and mud. In Verapaz alone, 12 deaths have been reported and entire families are missing. As of today, the city still lacks basic services.
Habitat for Humanity El Salvador is formulating a disaster response plan, starting with the immediate needs of families who are residing in temporary shelters. In addition, the organization will be visiting the affected areas to evaluate possible damage to Habitat homes, as well as other houses located in high-risk areas.
“Habitat for Humanity has a very strong presence in El Salvador, and we are currently engaged in assessing the situation and developing our response,” confirms Torre Nelson, Area Vice-President for Habitat in Latin America and the Caribbean. “We’re actively seeking donations that will go directly towards assisting the affected families. Our hearts and prayers go out to these families in El Salvador who have lost their homes, their belongings and their family members.”
To donate to Habitat for Humanity’s disaster response efforts in El Salvador, please visit www.habitat.org/lac_eng .
About Habitat for Humanity El Salvador
Habitat for Humanity El Salvador is a non-profit organization that builds houses for low-income families. To date, Habitat has built 7,300 homes, benefiting 36,500 Salvadorians. Habitat for Humanity facilitates credit for housing construction, employing sweat equity, mutual support, as well as national and international volunteers to complete their projects.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people.
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