Hurricane Stan - Donor Update - 20 October 2005
The passage of Hurricane Stan in the vicinity of Central America and its direct impact on southern Mexico has sparked the gravest natural disaster to hit the region this decade. The disaster has created urgent humanitarian needs for children, which represent over a third of the victims. While the peoples of Guatemala and El Salvador have borne the heaviest burden, the disaster also struck southern Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras and Costa Rica. Over five hundred thousand people across the region moved to shelters, and several thousands of them will stay in them for prolonged periods as thousands of houses have already been destroyed. The livelihood of hundreds of rural communities, dependent on farming, has been washed away. Damage to social infrastructure, including water and sanitation systems, health facilities and schools, has been very extensive in many parts.