Final Update: December 18, 2020
The affected families are moving towards stability, with the support of the churches and local government. Many families are still living in temporary locations while homes are being repaired. Compassion Nicaragua National Office will provide additional recovery support to rebuild homes utilizing disaster relief funds. Legal ownership of land is providing challenges and delays in the rebuilding process. A total of 1,221 beneficiaries and two Child Development Centers (CDCs) were affected. The CDCs are delaying their restart of programming until at least March 2021 to allow focus on the recovery efforts and providing support for beneficiary needs.
Thank you for your prayers for the affected beneficiaries, families and church partners. Please continue to pray for the recovery efforts that will most likely be a long process.
Update #2: December 16, 2020
The area most affected by Hurricane Iota is still inaccessible in many places with no electricity, cell phone or internet connection. Overflowing rivers and streams continue to make roads impassable. The local government and army is trying to clear roads and is cleaning debris. In many areas, access is only possible on foot or via motorcycles. It continues to be challenging to get specific impact details from the Child Development Centers, but they are providing information as they are able to do so. To date, 1,221 beneficiaries and their families have been reported as affected. Damages include loss of homes and/or household items, church buildings damaged and flooded and roads and crops destroyed.
Please pray continue to pray fervently for the beneficiaries, families, staff, and church partners as they try to recover from damages as well as support others.
Update #1: November 19, 2020
Thankfully, no deaths or injuries have been reported. The Compassion Nicaragua National Office intends to provide disaster relief funds for construction and repair of damaged or destroyed homes. To date, 796 beneficiaries and their families have been identified as impacted. The affected families have been supported with food, shelter materials, blankets and mats.
Please continue to pray for the protection and provision of the beneficiaries, families, and church partners.
Disaster Alert: November 18, 2020
Hurricane Iota made landfall on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua and passed through the towns of Madriz, Nueva Segovia, and Jinotega. Heavy rainfall is expected to last for the remainder of this week. People living in the most at-risk areas were evacuated, as flooding and overflowing rivers are expected. The Child Development Centers (CDCs) and Compassion Nicaragua National Office disaster response team are monitoring the situation and assessing impact. Power and communication outages are making impact reporting difficult. To date, 159 beneficiaries and their families have been reported as affected.
Please pray for the protection, provision and peace of beneficiaries, families, church partners and staff throughout Nicaragua.