WFP Response To Flood Emergency In Central America
WFP responded swiftly to the Government of Nicaragua's request for assistance. In this photo, an emergency food convoy is on the way from a WFP warehouse in Sébaco to Estelí, one of the badly affected areas. More than 10,000 displaced Nicaraguans are living in shelters as a result of the floods.
After many days of rain, the grounds became saturated with water and the rivers overflowed into the lower lands, affecting houses and crops. The Government of Nicaragua reports that 15% of maize and 15% of beans crops have been either damaged or lost.
Flooded corn fields in El Limón community, Usulután. Authorities estimate that some 1.6 million metric tons of staple grains have been lost in this emergency.
In times of need, this plastic bag makes a perfect raincoat for this young girl in the community of El Zapote, Ahuachapan. She is showing a package of WFP's High Energy Biscuits or HEBs after they arrived by boat to the community. WFP has distributed 60 metric tons of HEBs to 47,000 people in 109 communities in flooded areas of Usulutan, Ahuachupán, Sonsonate, San Vicente, and La Paz.
By 24 October, a total of 673 metric tons of food have been distributed to the country's most affected communities.
Marta Lidia is a 48-year-old community leader. "In some cases the water was up to the waist, but we are supporting the community."
This is the street access to the community of La Joyada, Honduras. The streets of this community and surroundings have been submerged for the last few days. According to local authorities, Copeco and the World Food Programme have delivered more than 7 metric tons of food in Marcovia and more than 10 metric tons to Choluteca
Flood victims prepare food at a Tiburcio Carias Andino school shelter. According to Copeco, Honduras' state agency that deals with natural disasters, across the southern region some 15 families became homeless, 2,427 houses were damaged, and 22 were destroyed. One bridge was also destroyed as well as 20,000 acres of crops were flooded.
In Central America, WFP is providing emergency food assistance to up to 300,000 people in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. WFP is also helping communities build resilience so that those affected by floods are better equipped to cope with future periodic food insecurity.