The Red Cross warned that as the region is freed from the damage caused by Hurricane ETA, there will be further storms in Central America this weekend.
Forecasters believe that the weather front formed in the Caribbean Sea has a 90% chance of becoming a hurricane, making it the 30th Atlantic storm in 2020 during the record-breaking hurricane season, breaking the worst year of 28 storms in 2005 .
“This is a year like no other,”
In Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala, the worst-hit countries, 90 people have died, 113 are still missing, and 210,000 have been evacuated from their homes. On Thursday, the rescue team was frantically trying to find the missing persons before predicting that rain would hit the already flooded area.
“There is a system that is almost identical to Eta. This is the last thing the people in the region need.” said Steve McAndrew, deputy director of IFRC Americas. “There are still people trapped on the roof. Our search and rescue team is still looking for people. Large-scale flooding is affecting water and sanitation. According to reports, people resort to drinking salt water.”
Communities along the Caribbean Sea, including the Miskitos and Garifuna, were severely affected, being washed up by mudslides and swept inland by wind and floods. “Some communities may never recover,” McAndrew said.
The region is facing a triple threat: extreme weather, economic instability and mass migration caused by violence, and Covid-19.
Volunteers have been distributing masks and hand disinfectants, but thousands of people have squeezed into shelters, water supply and sanitation facilities have been severely hit, and people are worried that the coronavirus may spread.
“Our condition is very cool, dengue fever, we are monitoring other media. Now, we are waiting for the development of the next storm.” said Santiago Luengo from Honduras International Finance and Financial Center.
He said that due to the destruction of livelihoods and flooding of entire communities, the number of people seeking a better life elsewhere may increase.
Compare the consequences of ETA with Hurricane Mitch in 1998, the most devastating storm ever hit Central America, which led to a wave of immigration to the United States.
McAndrew said: “We are seeing more and more natural disasters, and the most affected are the most vulnerable people.” “People with financial means can get rid of the damage when the hurricane hits, or will build a better one. Residence residence. This is another reason why people try new lives elsewhere.
“The number of people suffering is huge.”