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Hurricane Iota Emergency Appeal

Help communities in Central America who have been devastated by Hurricane Iota, just weeks after Hurricane Eta.

Family in Nicaragua wade through flood water after Hurricane Iota

People help each other wade through a flooded street in the aftermath of Hurricane Eta in Jerusal...Delmer Martinez/AP/Shutterstock

Millions of people across Central America have had their lives torn apart by two devastating hurricanes.

Hurricane Iota struck Nicaragua on 16 November – the country’s strongest hurricane on record. The category 4 storm came just two weeks after Hurricane Eta caused devastation across Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala. 

Like most disasters, Hurricane Iota has hit the poorest and most vulnerable people hardest. 

More than 30 people have been killed and the toll is expected to rise as rescue teams reach more remote communities. 

Landslides and floods have caused mass destruction. Homes and crops have been flattened. And some 160,000 Nicaraguans and 70,000 Hondurans have been forced to flee to shelters, leaving everything behind to seek safety. 

Suddenly homeless, hungry and in emotional shock, people urgently need food, water and shelter.

Our local partners are already responding in Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala providing essential food parcels, hygiene kits and psychosocial support to the most vulnerable, but we need your help to reach more families in remote areas with urgent assistance. 

Please donate today.

Hurricane Iota Emergency Appeal

Hurricane Iota

Homes are destroyed

Hundreds of thousands of homes have been damaged or destroyed. Families have had to leave everything to find safety.

Please donate today to help the most vulnerable families recover now and rebuild in the weeks and months to come. 

Man stands in his ruined home after Hurricane Iota

A man standing in a house severely damaged by Hurricane Iota in Puerto Cabezas, on the North Cari...Cairo Jarquin HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Christian Aid's response

Families are facing lack of food, malnutrition and – living in overcrowded shelters with poor conditions and limited hygiene – they are at greater risk of disease, including Covid-19. Our relief efforts are focusing on the most vulnerable communities living in remote areas where access was already a challenge even before these latest two hurricanes.

  • In Nicaragua: Our team is already responding to Hurricane Eta with our partner Soppexcca. We have started to provide food and hygiene kits to 5,000 people who are in desperate need, as well as psychosocial support to children and adults through recreational activities like drawing, drama and play.
  • In Honduras: We are working with our local partners to deliver humanitarian assistance to 523 families (over 2,600 people) affected by hurricanes Iota and Eta in the Northwest of Honduras. This consists of food parcels, including rice, flour and sugar; hygiene kits including soap, sanitary pads and face masks, and medication including antidiarrheals and antiseptic for first aid. Since families are also suffering from huge shock, we are also providing psychosocial support.
  • In Guatemala: We are currently working with our partners, Congcoop and Caja Lúdica to identify the most vulnerable communities and ask them what their most urgent needs are.

Hurricane Prayer

Pelted by rain, battered by winds, overwhelmed with fear - Lord, protect those whose lives have been uprooted by the storms.

We pray for aid to reach those who are exposed and despairing, for your healing presence to reach those who feel cut off.

Amid the mud and destruction, precisely there, we pray that your light will give hope and strength.

As the new days dawn Lord, we pray for your ongoing protection against disease and desperation, and for those who can offer relief to hear your call to stand by those in distress.

We pray these words knowing that your power is greater than any storm and your tenderness a refuge for all.

In the name of Jesus,

Amen.

Emergency Appeal

Donate now to provide urgent support to people affected by Hurricane Iota and Hurricane Iota in Central America.

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