World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

UN Rushes Assistance To Central American Countries

UN Rushes Assistance To Central American Countries Hit By Floods And Volcanic Eruptions

New York, Oct 6 2005

In the wake of devastating flooding and volcanic eruptions in Central America, the United Nations is rushing assistance to El Salvador and Costa Rica, while Secretary-General Kofi Annan today pledged to mobilize international support for relief efforts in the region.

Deadly flooding and massive mudslides caused by Hurricane Stan have killed over 100 people in Central America and southern Mexico and have affected hundreds of thousands more. In El Salvador, conditions were exacerbated when one of the country's largest volcanoes, called Ilamatepec, erupted twice in recent days.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has approved a $60,000 emergency cash grant for El Salvador. In addition, the UN Country Team there is appealing for some $6.5 million to meet the immediate needs of those displaced by the recent natural disasters.

OCHA is also allocating a $30,000 cash grant to Costa Rica.

The Regional Disaster Response Adviser for Latin America and the Caribbean is en route to El Salvador, and a team of disaster assessment and coordination experts is being deployed in the region.

"The United Nations is currently assessing the extent of the needs created by the flooding and mudslides in the affected countries," said the Secretary-General's spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, in a statement which also extended condolences to all those affected.

"United Nations officials remain in close contact with local authorities and stand ready to mobilize international support for emergency relief and recovery efforts," Mr. Dujarric said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 



Save The Children: Ukraine: 21 Children Killed Or Injured In Horrific Week Of Violence

At least 21 children have been killed or injured in just a week in an uptick of violence across Ukraine, Save the Children said today... More>>


UN: Visionary ‘Blue Transformation’ Strategy To Enhance Underwater Food Systems

Record levels of fisheries and aquaculture production are making a critical contribution to global food security, the UN Ocean Conference under way in Lisbon, Portugal, heard on Wednesday...
More>>
Abu Akleh Shooting: Fatal Shot Came From Israeli Forces, Says OHCHR
Israeli forces were behind the fatal shooting of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the West Bank - not indiscriminate Palestinian firing - the UN human rights office, OHCHR, alleged on Friday... More>>



UN Ocean Conference: Opens With Call For Urgent Action To Tackle Ocean Emergency
With climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution exacting a devastating toll on the world’s ocean — critical to food security, economic growth and the environment... More>>

World Vision: Deeply Concerned For Thousands Affected By Afghanistan Quake
World Vision is deeply concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan in the wake of a powerful earthquake in the early hours of this morning... More>>



Malaysia: UN Experts Welcome Announcement To Abolish Mandatory Death Penalty

UN human rights experts* today commended an announcement made by the Malaysian government that it will abolish the country’s mandatory death penalty and encouraged Parliament to take concrete steps to pass the agreement into law... More>>