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ACT Alliance Alert: Floods and Landslides in Central America

ACT Alliance - Switzerland - Mon, 24 Oct 2011 10:16 GMT
Author: Elisabeth Gouel
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Central America

Floods and landslides in Central America

Geneva, 21 October 2011

1.       Brief description of the emergency   

The Central American region is still affected by Hurricane Jova and Tropical Depression 12E. A low pressure system has continued for ten days resulting in heavy rains and causing death and serious damage to infrastructure, crops and livelihoods. On Wednesday 19 October 2011, this system was replaced by a cold front from the north and is hitting the people already affected by the rains and landslides.

2.       Impact

Governments in the region have confirmed 89 people dead and thousands living in makeshift shelters. Entire communities are cut off by the floods and remain inaccessible due to damaged roads.

The following information has been received from the Centre for the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America (CEPREDENAC) and ACT Forums:


El Salvador











Affected population


















3.       National and international response

Governments in the region have responded in search and rescue, evacuations, establishing shelters, providing food and water, and logistical support for emergency operations. El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala have declared national disasters and have activated emergency protocols. All are releasing local resources to address the crisis and are calling for help from the international community. Honduras has declared a state of emergency in the southern part of the country.

4.       ACT Alliance response 

El Salvador

The ACT forum has set up an emergency committee and conducted assessments for damage. It is monitoring the impact on the affected communities in close collaboration with government agencies. ACT members and their partners are providing food and hygiene kits, setting up shelters and providing medical care.


The ACT forum has been monitoring the situation in the most affected communities where there is less government response. Members are conducting needs and damage assessments in those communities. The forum is working in close collaboration with the specialised governmental agency in humanitarian assistance.


The ACT forum is coordinating with the government in order to make joint assessments of damage in the most affected regions. The ACT forum has also been participating in the humanitarian network, to coordinate it activities and share information.  An ACT team is in the field in the most affected communities in the southern side of the country.


ACT forum members have activated field teams to gather information from the affected regions. Preliminary reports indicate that the people in Villanueva, Somotillo (Chinandega), San Francisco Libre (Managua) and Jinotepe (Carazo) have been worst affected in terms of housing, agriculture and health care.

5.       Planned activities

El Salvador

The ACT forum is presenting an appeal to fulfil the needs of the affected population in 26 communities from six departments.  The contact person is Eva Ekelund


The forum is preparing food distributions, hygiene kits and water filters to support the worst affected. The forum has identified food support, water supply and agriculture recovery as priorities. The forum has requested members to provide information on local resources available in order to submit a Rapid Response Fund (RRF) application to the alliance. The contact person is Mario Pellecer


The forum is preparing an RRF application to the ACT secretariat. The contact person is Hermilo Soto 


The forum is preparing an RRF application and the contact person is Dámaris Albuquerque


Any funding indication or pledge should be communicated to Jean-Daniel Birmele, ACT Chief Finance Officer (


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