On Tuesday November 3rd Hurricane ETA hit the territories of Waspam and Puerto Cabezas in Nicaragua as a category 4 Hurricane with winds of around 240 km/h leaving more than 3000 families uncommunicated due to the cut of roads and the rising water levels of the Wawa River. Later on Wednesday November 4th Hurricane eta degraded to a tropical storm while moving to Honduras affecting 8 departments and more than 300,000 people.
The storm also caused affected northern part of Guatemala in the department of Alta Verapaz where around 25 home where buried due to a landslide according to National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED). It is estimated that in all Central America the natural disaster has caused more than 50 deaths in all four countries.
Plan International has deployed their emergency response team in all the territory to respond rapidly to the emergency. The early response in Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala is focused on delivering supplies to shelters containing things such as water, food, hygiene supplies and COVID-19 prevention material. Also, in line with our focus on protection and rights of girls, menstrual hygiene kits are being delivered. In El Salvador Plan International Emergency Response team is closely monitoring the situation because despite having a lower impact, many people have been sheltered for prevention so ludic kits for children as well as hygiene and biosecurity kits will be delivered.
Preventing the spread of COVID-19 during this emergency is a priority and a very important action for Plan International is to support shelters mainly to prevent child abuse or harassment in places where children and adults are all together.