UN Responds to El Salvador Flooding

The United Nations has launched a joint flash appeal with El Salvador’s government worth $15.7 million to help flood-stricken local communities.

The funding will be used to aid 300,000 people over the next six months, particularly to provide shelter, drinking water, food and health services, as well as to monitor two principal volcanoes for possible mudslides and seismic movements in populated areas.

According to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the disaster has affected 69 percent of the country. Further, there has been a rise in reported cases of flood-related diseases such as diarrhea, conjunctivitis, chicken pox and dengue fever. 

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