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UN Teams Assess Damage in Wake of Tropical Storm

UN Teams Assess Damage in Wake of Tropical Storm Gamma in Honduras

New York, Dec 1 2005 3:00PM

In the wake of tropical storm Gamma, which left at least 34 people dead and almost 90,000 affected in Honduras, the United Nations system in the country has dispatched five assessment teams to scope out long-term damage from flooding and mudslides.

Gamma struck Honduras on 19 November 2005, right behind deadly hurricanes Stan, Wilma and Beta, all of which caused great havoc around the Caribbean and Central America. Entire villages have been isolated as a result of mudslides.

For its part, the World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed nearly 200,000 family rations in the country, and is planning to provide an additional 1,750 tons of food for the next three months.

WFP Honduras Country Director Willem Van Milink-Paz said that the operation might be expanded to support poor people who rely on subsistence farming and have lost their livelihoods, as they will need food aid until they can restore their farming activities.


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