NICARAGUA / TROPICAL STORM ETA

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13-Nov-2020 00:03:09
Millions of people in Central America urgently need food assistance in the wake of Hurricane Eta, one of the worst storms in decades, as fears grow of another storm brewing in the coming days. WFP

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STORY: NICARAGUA / TROPICAL STORM ETA
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DATELINE: 03-08 NOVEMBER 2020, BILWI, NICARAGUA / 11 NOVEMBER 2020, RAYAPURA, COCO RIVER, NICARAGUA-HONDURAS BORDER / 11 NOVEMBER 2020, ROME, ITALY / 11 NOVEMBER 2020, WASPAM, NICARAGUA

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03 NOVEMBER 2020, BILWI, NICARAGUA

1. Various shots, Hurricane Eta making landfall

05 NOVEMBER 2020, BILWI, NICARAGUA

2. Various shots, damage and people cleaning up after the storm
3. Various shots, A WFP team assesses the damage and talks to people who have lost their homes

08 NOVEMBER 2020, BILWI, NICARAGUA

4. Various shots, damage and people cleaning up after the storm
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Celia Frederick Moore, Community Leader, Guililandia:
“Over 40 houses have been destroyed just in this piece here – totally destroyed. They stay with their hands open. Nothing. They lost clothes, food, house. Everything.”
6. Various shots, damage and people cleaning up after the storm

11 NOVEMBER 2020, RAYAPURA, COCO RIVER, NICARAGUA-HONDURAS BORDER

7. Wide shot, houses surrounded by water
8. SOUNDBITE (Miskito) Prudencio Ballestero, Farmer:
“The whole community was flooded. I lost everything I planted: Cassava, sugar cane, rice and maize. It’s all gone.”
9. Wide shot, man tying canoe to his flooded home

11 NOVEMBER 2020, ROME, ITALY

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Miguel Barreto, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, World Food Programme (WFP):
“Latin America and the Caribbean has been probably the continent more affected by COVID-19. So far, just in the countries where WFP has presence, the number of severe food insecure people has increased in almost 14 more million. So, if we move to Central America and we know that we also had a drought affecting millions in the dry corridor and now affected by the hurricane, we can understand that this is going to be a disaster if we don’t react immediately to support these people in need.”

11 NOVEMBER 2020, WASPAM, NICARAGUA

11. Various shots, evacuees in temporary shelters in receiving WFP food

08 NOVEMBER 2020, BILWI, NICARAGUA

12. Wide shot Celia Frederick Moore cooks hot meals with WFP donated rice for children of the Guililandia community

STORYLINE:

Millions of people in Central America urgently need food assistance in the wake of Hurricane Eta, one of the worst storms in decades, as fears grow of another storm brewing in the coming days.

Heavy rains, high winds, deadly landslides and floods unleashed by Eta after making landfall in Nicaragua earlier this month killed dozens of people, destroyed infrastructure and hurt rural livelihoods along its path in Central America, including in Belize, Guatemala and Honduras.

Bilwi, the main town of the Caribbean Northern Region in Nicaragua sustained heavy damage.

SOUNDBITE (English) Celia Frederick Moore, Community Leader, Guililandia:
“Over 40 houses have been destroyed just in this piece here – totally destroyed. They stay with their hands open. Nothing. They lost clothes, food, house. Everything.”

Eta brought torrential rains and massive floods that affected the Miskito indigenous communities along the Coco River, the natural border between Nicaragua and Honduras. The Miskitos are subsistence farmers but lost all their crops due to excessive rains and floods.

SOUNDBITE (Miskito) Prudencio Ballestero, Farmer:
“The whole community was flooded. I lost everything I planted: Cassava, sugar cane, rice and maize. It’s all gone.”

Eta was the 28th hurricane in an already record-setting season. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warns that there is a high chance another storm will form in the coming days.

WFP used internal resources to preposition food, scale up current operations focused on people affected by COVID-19, and mobilize teams to respond to the emergency in the most affected areas in Central America.

The hurricane compounds hunger already deepened by the coronavirus. Before the pandemic, the Dry Corridor of Central America (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua) saw five years of prolonged drought and failed crops due to erratic weather patterns, which left smallholder farmers, day labourers and their families’ food insecure.

SOUNDBITE (English) Miguel Barreto, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, World Food Programme (WFP):
“Latin America and the Caribbean has been probably the continent more affected by COVID-19. So far, just in the countries where WFP has presence, the number of severe food insecure people has increased in almost 14 more million. So, if we move to Central America and we know that we also had a drought affecting millions in the dry corridor and now affected by the hurricane, we can understand that this is going to be a disaster if we don’t react immediately to support these people in need.”

WFP predicts the number of people with severe food insecurity in the Dry Corridor could increase from more than 1.6 million in 2019 to close to 3 million in 2020, due to the socioeconomic fallout of COVID-19.

An initial assessment indicates that our immediate funding needs to support the most vulnerable people are approximately U$S 13.2 million. This figure is expected to increase over the next few weeks as the extent of Eta's impact becomes clearer.

The Government of Nicaragua evacuated families from 14 communities along the Coco River who were severely affected by the storm. The evacuees were taken to temporary shelters –churches and schools—in the communities of Koom and Wasla, which are located on high ground.
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