20 August 2013
Partners ACT and Accion Medica Cristiana respond to floods in Nicaragua
Heavy rains lasting more than a month have led to flooding and damage in the northern and southern Nicaragua.
Around 18,000 people, mostly indigenous Miskitos and Garifunas, have been affected with up to 60 per cent of rice and corn crops lost.
An assessment by Christian Aid partner Accion Medica Cristiana (AMC) found that most of the wells and latrines in the areas of Prinzapolka and Laguna de Perlas were flooded and damaged, and that drinking water has been contaminated.
Children and the elderly have fallen ill with eye, skin and respiratory infections, fever and diarrhoea.
AMC is ready to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Prinzapolka and Laguna de Perlas.
Our partner ACT is providing £38,000 to AMC in order to respond to the needs of those affected.
The funding will allow AMC to provide medical assistance to pregnant women and children under the age of five, as well as water and sanitation support using water purification systems in order to prevent outbreaks of disease.
Christian Aid continues to monitor the situation and we remain concerned as more heavy rain is expected with another tropical storm due to arrive this week.
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