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Storms in Central America

Storms in Central America

More than half a million people in Central America have been affected by flooding, landslides, washed-out roads and collapsed bridges due to heavy rains.

More than half a million people were directly affected by nine days of torrential rains that wreaked havoc across Central America beginning with Tropical Depression 12-E on October 10, 2011. More than 107,000 people were evacuated throughout Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, while 104 were killed.

Oxfam Canada has contributed to direct assistance by our partner organizations in El Salvador, the worst-hit country, and Guatemala. 

EL Salvador

Donations to Oxfam Canada and a $232,570 grant from the Canadian International Development Agency are helping Oxfam provide relief to people in areas of El Salvador devastated by tropical storms, flash floods and mud slides in October, 2011.

The CIDA-financed project will provide assistance to about 17,300 people over six months, October 2011-April 2012. Oxfam partners are improving access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation facilities; delivering non-food relief items, and delivering basic and preventative healthcare and psychological services.

The project is designed to especially benefit the poor and most vulnerable groups, specifically women, children — who bear major responsibility for water collection– and the elderly. Beneficiary selection is done in consultation and coordination with community committees, local authorities and other international humanitarian agencies.

Oxfam’s rapid response team was immediately on the ground and responding at the onset of the emergency. Oxfam’s well-established local partner, ORMUSA, specializes in the social and economic needs of marginalized women. ORMUSA immediately provided potable water, medication, canned food, candles, beans, sugar, personal hygiene articles, mattresses, blankets and flashlights to targeted beneficiaries.


Donations to Oxfam Canada and a $203,345 grant from the Canadian International Development Agency are contributing to Oxfam’s comprehensive set of emergency responses to damage and displacement of residents affected by tropical storms, flash floods and mudslides in Guatemala in October, 2011.

The CIDA funds enable Oxfam’s local partners to provide safe drinking water, adequate sanitation facilities and to promote public health and hygiene promotion, with about 1,190 families or 6,000 people benefitting directly.

Special attention is paid to the needs of women and at least half the beneficiaries are women. Children, the elderly and the poor are also prioritized in coordination with local communities, women leaders, local authorities and other humanitarian agencies.

Your financial support will enable us to do even more.

Oxfam is there and making a difference

Oxfam is working with local partner organisations to monitor the situation and respond to problems in each country —  for example,  handing out hundreds of hygiene kits and kitchen kits (big pots, plates, cups, and utensils), providing water and supplying cleaning materials for shelters. Your financial support will enable us to do even more.

Stories from El Salvador

Irene Leiva, 70 years old, her husband Manuel Cruz, 78 years old, and their grandson Ulises Marroquin, 10 years old, live on the edge of the Majahual River. Last Friday their home was dragged away by the flooded river, leaving only the part where the kitchen is where they warmed up some food.

Even though her house is located just one metre away from the EL Majhual River, Maria Veronia Monterrosa, 57 years old, did not want to be evacuated to a shelter because she is afraid that her possessions will be stolen. She and her family make a living from selling water in little plastic bags and sweets in the port. But because of the rains and the absence of tourism, they have not been able to go out and sell. They need help because they have run out of food.



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