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Tropical Storms and Fierce Rains Ravage Latin America and the Caribbean

  • October 5, 2010

Tropical Storms Matthew and Nicole and have wreaked havoc in some of the most vulnerable communities in the region. In response, AmeriCares has mounted relief efforts to provide medical and humanitarian aid to survivors.

Communities in El Salvador, Mexico and Jamaica sustained serious damage from the storms that produced serious flooding and mudslides. Dozens of people remain missing with little hope for recovery; thousands are now homeless.

In Mexico, where mudslides killed at least 32 people and leveled dozens of homes, impoverished families continue to seek assistance.

“Families in the region are vulnerable to dangerous flash floods and mudslides – massive avalanches of debris, dirt, water and rocks,” said Camille Grippon, an AmeriCares program director on the ground in Mexico. “We routinely deliver medical aid to help our partners prepare for disasters, but there is always so much more to be done to help survivors.”

Tropical Storm Matthew brought drenching rain to Central America, dumping 10 inches of rain onto El Salvador, where AmeriCares Latin American headquarters are located.

AmeriCares relief workers coordinated donations of relief supplies, basic medicines and personal hygiene items to help survivors. Over $140,000 worth of medicines and supplies were delivered to help people left homeless or suffering from illness or injury.

Tropical Storm Nicole battered Jamaica late last week with winds over 70 miles per hour. Flooding and mudslides have claimed at least 5 lives and 14 people are still reported missing. People living in shanty towns perched on the sides of gullies crisscrossing Jamaica’s capital of Kingston were especially hard hit.

AmeriCares is readying a shipment of medicines and supplies to help people suffering from injuries and illnesses related to flooding and mudslides, including infected wounds and contaminated water.

Since our founding in 1982, AmeriCares has delivered over $2.5 billion worth of medicines, medical supplies and humanitarian aid to Latin America and the Caribbean, helping hospitals, clinics and doctors care for people in great need.

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