Central America is going through a period of devastation due to the two hurricanes that made landfall in recent weeks. First was the And that arrived in Nicaragua on November 3 as a Category 4 hurricane, causing flooding that caused thousands of people to be evacuated. Just 25 kilometers from Eta’s landfall, Iota arrived on Tuesday causing a crisis in several Central American countries.
Honduras is one of the countries severely affected by the hurricanes despite the fact that President Juan Orlando Hernández activated the emergency protocols and ordered the immediate evacuation in the most vulnerable areas, already hit by tropical storm Eta days ago.
Given this context, Hernández urged the United Nations (UN) to allocate resources from green climate funds to be able to face the climate emergency. In turn, he advocated that the World Bank (WB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) support Honduras so that they can access Green Funds.
Iota broke all historical weather forecasts by being the 30th storm that has been named in the current Atlantic hurricane season and became the 13th hurricane of 2020
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Hernández met with Presidents Alejandro Giammattei of Guatemala and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, and spoke via telephone with the Presidents of the Dominican Republic and Panama, Luis Abinader Laurentino Cortizo, with the aim of forming a coalition, to jointly request the assignment resources that allow them to face emergencies like the current one.
During the conversations, the Honduran president recalled that his country is one of the most affected, in the world, by climate change, making it vulnerable to this type of disaster caused by natural phenomena such as Eta and Iota.
A region of solidarity
Juan Orlando Hernández thanked the governments of the United States, Colombia, and Guatemala for their solidarity for sending helicopters and rescue personnel; also other sister nations of Central America such as El Salvador that sent 880 tons of humanitarian aid, as well as the support of Nicaragua and Mexico, who have been present. Taiwan also made its economic contribution and a donation of masks, so necessary in this time of pandemic, Hernández stressed.
During this type of crisis, the work of the security and rescue forces, whom the Honduran president described as “heroes who work tirelessly” to rescue each of the Hondurans who are still stranded on the roofs of their homes, also comes to light. homes, in the most distant places, that are without signal and without ways of communicating.
Along the same lines, Hernández also highlighted the work of the thousands of volunteers who have joined to attend to the victims in the shelters arranged for it, together with those who help in the distribution of food bags and hygiene kits, as well as also to private entrepreneurs who have made helicopters and jet skis available to facilitate rescue work, civilians who provide support with their helicopters and the many families who have made donations.