EU Pledges Aid for Flood-stricken Central America

The European Commission announced Oct. 28 that it intends to give humanitarian aid worth €4 million ($5.7 million) to support relief efforts in Central America’s flooded communities.

The money will be used to provide food, medical care, shelter, clean water and sanitation to some 100,000 people affected by the flooding in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. A portion of the funding will also be invested in measures to mitigate the impact of similar, future disasters.

The decision followed inspections conducted earlier in October by the commission’s humanitarian experts in Guatemala and El Salvador.

Meanwhile, the United Nations issued an appeal for $14.3 million to address shelter, food, water and sanitation and agriculture livelihood needs over the next six months of 134,000 flood victims in Nicaragua. It will specifically target the areas of Chinandega, León, Managua, Estelí, Matagalpa, Nueva Segovia and Madriz.

The disaster has destroyed homes of at least 12,000 families and more than 200 water sources in Nicaragua, with over 10,000 people housed in emergency shelters.

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