The United Nations Children’s Fund is appealing for €36 million to meet the most critical humanitarian needs for over 646,000 people hit by hurricanes Eta and Lota twice in less than two weeks in Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Belize.
Hurricane Eta, the first to strike Central America, affected about 4.6 million people, including around 1.8 million children from seven countries, according to initial estimates by UNICEF.
“We thought Hurricane Eta was bad, but Hurricane Lota may end up being even worse for children in Central America”, the UNICEF Regional Director, a.i., for Latin America and the Caribbean, Bernt Aasen, explained.
The money required for the 646,000 people, including 327,000 children, would be used for lifesaving supplies and services in shelters and communities in the most affected areas of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, according to the UN agency, which is already providing assistance in these countries.
Also, as the needs are expected to increase after Hurricane Lota has swept across Central America, this initial funding request is very likely to significantly rise in the coming days and weeks, according to Bernt Aasen.
Source: Europa Press