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Hurricane Felix: World Vision in Nicaragua Begins Aid Distributions

World Vision's office in Nicaragua has declared a Category 1 emergency; our office in Honduras remains on alert. In four other Central American countries where we work, emergency operations have been terminated.

September 7, 2007


Please note: If a sponsored child is directly affected by a crisis or disaster, it is World Vision's policy to notify that child's sponsor as soon as possible.


Residents walk past trees and lighting and communication poles felled by Hurricane Felix in the streets of Puerto Cabezas on Sept. 4. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas (NICARAGUA)
Hurricane Felix made landfall on Sept. 4 in northeastern Nicaragua as a Category 5 storm before weakening to a tropical depression in its travels inland across Central America.

Before losing steam, however, Felix killed at least 38 people on Nicaragua's Caribbean coast, and the government there said more than 80 people were missing after the storm destroyed thousands of flimsy homes, Reuters reported.

World Vision has sponsorship program areas in northern Nicaragua, central and western Honduras, southern, central, and western Guatemala, throughout El Salvador, in Costa Rica, and in Mexico's Chiapas state.

Nicaragua and Honduras


In Nicaragua, our office has declared a Category I emergency. Nearly 37,500 were affected by the hurricane; some 18,500 sought shelter in the hard-hit towns of Puerto Cabezas, Waspan, Siuna, Rosita, Bonanza, San Lorenzo, and Jinotega. Nearly 8,000 homes were destroyed, and more than 650 were severely damaged. Water systems were knocked out, as were 80 percent of electrical and telephone lines. Damages to roads, bridges, and airports were also reported.

A child helps remove debris from a church damaged by Hurricane Felix in Puerto Cabezas.
A child helps remove debris from a church damaged by Hurricane Felix in Puerto Cabezas. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas (NICARAGUA)

Our office in Nicaragua is responding to the urgent needs of affected families in the hard-hit Region Autonoma Atlantica Norte. Staff members coordinated with the national air force to send a shipment of clothing, shoes, plastic sheeting, medicines, and medical supplies to assist storm survivors in Puerto Cabezas, one of the most affected areas. They also have negotiated with the Nicaraguan government to send a second relief shipment into the disaster zone. In addition, plans are underway to seek funding to assist with reconstruction efforts.

In Honduras, COPECO, the Honduran government's emergency response agency, has declared that a Red Alert will remain in effect for all low-lying areas in the north of the country until mid-day on Sept. 9 due to potential flooding. COPECO also has provided a damage assessment for western Honduras: 53 homes were damaged and 71 destroyed as a result of Felix.

Our office in Honduras will continue to monitor the situation until the government has withdrawn its storm alerts. So far, no World Vision program areas have been affected.

El Salvador and Guatamala

World Vision's emergency operations center in El Salvador has been disbanded. No World Vision program areas were reportedly affected.

World Vision's office in Guatamala also has terminated emergency operations. Our teams were assessing damages in the Chiquimula region, along the border with Honduras, where we have sponsorship programs. During the evening of Sept. 5, three homes in the area were reportedly threatened by flooding and some 40 people were evacuated.

Costa Rica and Mexico


In Costa Rica, no damages have been reported in World Vision program areas. Our office is disbanding emergency operations in the country.

In Mexico, our staff members also have terminated all emergency operations.

World Vision's staff members in Central America will continue to send updates, as they are able to make assessments of damages.

Learn More


>> Read a Reuters account of the destruction caused by Hurricane Felix.

Four Ways You Can Help

>> Pray for those affected by Hurricane Felix and for aid groups, including World Vision, who are responding to the needs of survivors.
>> Donate now to World Vision's Disaster Response fund. This one-time donation enables World Vision to continue to deliver desperately needed aid to families and children affected by sudden-onset disasters.
>> Sponsor a child in Mexico, Honduras, or Nicaragua. World Vision sponsorship provides additional assistance to children during times of crisis; the program also helps children and their communities rebuild their lives after disasters, including the aftermath of Hurricane Felix.
>> Become an Emergency Response Partner. Your monthly gift will help World Vision continue to respond quickly with aid for children and families in the wake of disasters.

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Learn More

Read a Reuters account of the destruction caused by Hurricane Felix.

Four Ways You Can Help

Pray for those affected by Hurricane Felix and for aid groups, including World Vision, who are responding to the needs of survivors.
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Donate now to World Vision's Disaster Response fund. This one-time donation enables World Vision to continue to deliver desperately needed aid to families and children affected by sudden-onset disasters.
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Sponsor a child in Mexico, Honduras, or Nicaragua. World Vision sponsorship provides additional assistance to children during times of crisis; the program also helps children and their communities rebuild their lives after disasters, including the aftermath of Hurricane Felix.
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Become an Emergency Response Partner. Your monthly gift will help World Vision continue to respond quickly with aid for children and families in the wake of disasters.

 





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