Update #2: November 25, 2020
Some families have begun to clean their damaged homes. To date, 4,470 beneficiaries and their families have been reported as impacted by Hurricane Eta. Disaster relief funds are being used to support the shelters where most of the affected families are living. Compassion Honduras National Office staff are still working in the northern region to coordinate the relief support efforts with the Child Development Centers (CDC). At least 16 pastors and 121 CDC staff have also been directly affected by the hurricane. Sadly, many families were also affected by Hurricane Iota. We will receive impact records in both disaster reports for beneficiaries affected by both hurricanes.
Please continue to pray for the affected beneficiaries, families and church partners. Also, please continue to pray for the strength and health of staff that are supporting the affected families.
Update #1: November 11, 2020
Compassion Honduras National Office staff traveled to San Pedro Sula and set up an emergency operations office. As possible, National staff have been traveling to the affected Child Development Centers (CDCs) in order to locate beneficiaries in shelters, assess impact and determine the best response support. They are utilizing disaster relief funding to provide support to the affected families and the shelters with drinking water, food, hygiene kits, mosquito nets, mattresses, and medicine. Most of the beneficiaries and families were evacuated and 14 CDCs are serving as shelters in their communities. Other CDCs are being reached via phone, if they are in areas where cell coverage and electricity has been restored. At this time, only 2 beneficiaries have been added to an affected list; however, they estimate widespread impact throughout the area.
Please continue to pray for the safety and provision of beneficiaries, families, church partners and staff in Northern Honduras.
Disaster Alert: November 3, 2020
Hurricane Eta has caused heavy rain, extensive flooding, mudslides and damage to roads, bridges and many homes throughout a large portion of Honduras. A Red Alert is in effect for Gracias a Dios, Colón, Atlántida, and Isalas de la Bahia an Olancho. A Yellow Alert is in effect in these areas: Copán, Ocôtepeque, Lempira, Intibucá, La Paz, Valle, Choluteca, Santa Bárbara, Francisco Morazán, Comayagua, and El Paraiso. The local government has evacuated residents in these communities and they are living in evacuation centers, shelters or with families.
At this time, we do not have specific beneficiary impact details available due to electricity and internet outages, which is making it very challenging to communicate with some areas, particularly in the Northern areas of Honduras (e.g. Atlántida). We expect additional time will be needed before we can provide specific impact details.
Please pray for the safety and provision of affected beneficiaries, families, Child Development Centers and Compassion staff throughout Honduras.