UN in action in El Salvador: recovering from Hurricane IdaNov 13, 2009
San Salvador- The United Nations has sent a disaster assessment team to El Salvador and released a $50,000 cash grant to help the Central American country recover from last week’s torrential rainfall that caused massive flooding and triggered landslides, killing at least 140 people and displacing nearly 14,000 others.
Over 1,800 homes have been damaged and more than 200 destroyed, leaving thousands of people living in over 120 shelters around the country. The Government of El-Salvador appealed 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. Responding to this appeal, UN agencies are assisting with delivering water, food, cooking material, blankets and personal hygiene kits to those most affected.
In addition, the UN is working with the Salvadorian Authorities on assessing the incurred damages and coordinating the much needed support. Over the last two days the UN Disaster Technical Management Team has deployed eight field missions to assist with this task.
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UN work in El Salvador