Humanitarian emergency in Central America "only just beginning"

 

A woman is evacuated from the El Icaco Community in Usulutan, El Salvador

The humanitarian emergency caused by last month's devastating floods in Central America is only just beginning, according to the UN’s deputy Humanitarian Affairs chief.

Up to 300,000 people fled the floods in El Salvador during the peak of the rains in October.

In Nicaragua, the homes and livelihoods of 143,000 people have been affected.

Water wells across the region have been contaminated and children are not attending school.

Wrapping up a four-day visit to the two countries, deputy Humanitarian chief, Catherine Bragg, said that hundreds of thousands of people face a struggle for survival over the next six months.

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