Hurricane Eta made landfall on Nicaragua’s northern coast as a category four hurricane in early November, bringing catastrophic rains and winds at 140 mph, blowing off roofs and knocking down trees.
Hurricane Iota, the strongest Atlantic hurricane of the year, then caused widespread devastation in Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador just two weeks later, after Hurricane Eta had left 4.2 million people in Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. The storm hit almost exactly the same stretch of coast that had already been devastated by Hurricane Eta.
In Honduras alone, over half a million families have been affected and thousands have seen their homes damaged or destroyed by the winds, rain and subsequent floods.
Schools and health centres have seen the brunt of the storms and roads and power lines have been destroyed, which creates even greater challenges for response teams and communities.
Children and families are in need of emergency supplies to help them in this critical period, especially given the additional risks of transmission of COVID-19 in crowded temporary shelters.
A £30,000 grant from Freemasons through the MCF, to Plan International, is enough to provide 553 families in Nicaragua with water and sanitation kits containing soap, sanitiser, toothbrushes, toothpaste, water and insect repellent, and 331 families in Honduras with shelter kits, containing mats, blankets, torches and mosquito nets.