NEWS | Oct. 20, 2011

U.S. announces additional humanitarian aid to Honduran flood victims

By U.S. Embassy Tegucigalpa

U.S. Ambassador to Honduras Lisa Kubiske conveyed her solidarity and that of the American people with the Honduran people in response to the suffering caused by recent flooding in Honduras.

Ambassador Kubiske announced that the U.S. government will provide an additional $50,000 in humanitarian aid to Honduras, bringing total U.S. support to $75,000.

The U.S. government, working through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and NGO Save the Children, was able to provide immediate humanitarian aid to the victims affected by heavy rains in Honduras over the past weekend (Oct. 15-16). Initial assistance totaled $25,000, and included the purchase and distribution of more than 1,000 personal hygiene kits, 600 kitchen kits, 600 mattresses, and 600 blankets for evacuees who have been displaced to temporary shelters in the southern region of Honduras.

The additional $50,000 will be used to purchase and distribute similar items and to provide potable water for the evacuees.

The U.S. government will continue to monitor the situation in the affected areas and is working with the Honduran government to identify the most urgent needs. USAID and the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) have also sent a team of two disaster relief specialists to assist in the affected areas. These specialists are working with the Honduran Emergency Commission (COPECO) to assist with the coordination of aid.