On November 3 and 16, two Category 4 hurricanes, Eta and Iota, slammed into the same coastal regions of Nicaragua, Honduras, and Guatemala. The high winds and unrelenting rain caused extensive wind damage, flooding, and landslides.
Homes have been lost, crops destroyed, and to those impacted, hope seems beyond their reach.
But MAF is working to restore that hope as the disaster response team began work in Guatemala after Hurricane Eta struck. MAF and their Central American affiliates flew family food packs to isolated areas completely cut off from any access. A family food pack consists of rice, beans, oil, noodles, and a high protein soy/corn milk substitute drink.
Evacuation flights were also flown, along with bringing in search and rescue teams into an area devastated by landslides.
As MAF’s work expanded into Honduras, word came that another major hurricane, Iota, was following the same path as Eta. On November 15, the MAF team hunkered down in La Ceiba, Honduras, and the storm came ashore on November 16.
The report from the assessment flights that followed said, “There is extensive flooding across the coastal region. In the river areas, villages and crop lands are inundated with water. Residents from flooded areas have taken refuge in towns on higher ground.
MAF has been working with churches to deliver food packets to evacuees. However, with crops that were ready to harvest now destroyed, these food needs will grow in the coming months.
MAF is attempting to expand relief work into Nicaragua and just received approvals to fly in the country. Relief operations in three different countries is a major undertaking, and your help is needed to continue these efforts.
Please pray for MAF’s disaster response team and the people impacted by these storms. Can you also consider providing a gift to help bring relief to the people in need of food, shelter, and medical assistance?
Your gift will bring hope and help to people who have been hit by two hurricanes in a row. Please give today! With your help, MAF will continue to deliver food, material for shelters, and aid teams to assist. MAF’s disaster response in Central America needs your help!