The United States is providing $ 17 million in humanitarian aid to support relief efforts in Central America and Colombia following Hurricanes Iota and Eta.
Last week, Iota dug up areas that had recently been battered by Eta. Both were Category 4 storms.
“Our prayers are to the people of Central America and Colombia who are affected by Hurricanes Iota and Eta. “People in the United States are behind you,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted on Saturday. “We are mobilizing US military rescue vessels and $ 17 million in humanitarian aid to help and save lives.”
The Department of Defense also posted on Twitter a video of Air Force personnel packing pallets containing 90,000 pounds of food on a C-1
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Iota descended like a Category 4 hurricane off the northeast coast of Nicaragua late Monday, hitting almost exactly the same section of the Caribbean coast that was destroyed by Eta two weeks ago.
Reuters reports that the death toll from Iota in Central America and Colombia has exceeded 40.
Shelters for people whose homes were flooded or damaged by hurricanes in Honduras are now so crowded that thousands of victims have taken refuge under highway overpasses or bridges.
Footage posted on Twitter by Hajer Naili of the humanitarian organization Project HOPE shows a large number of people taking shelter under a highway overpass in Colonia Citraterco, Honduras.
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The International Committee of the Red Cross estimates that about 4.2 million people were affected by back-to-back hurricanes in November in Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala. Several hundred thousand are in shelters or informal camps throughout the region.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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