El Salvador

The UN has sent a disaster assessment team to El Salvador and released a USD 50,000 cash grant to help the small Central American country recover from torrential rainfall that caused massive flooding and triggered landslides, killing at least 140 people and displacing nearly 14,000 others. Announcing the grant, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) cited the Government's appeal for international aid to ensure that essential supplies such as food, water, hygiene kits, beds and blankets are provided to those whose homes have been destroyed or damaged. Members of the UNDAC team and the OCHA Regional Office in Panama have started arriving to provide support in damage assessments and coordination of the relief effort. (UN News Service)

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