In El Salvador, floods have forced thousands of people like these girls to seek refuge in the emergency center. Credits: Caritas

In El Salvador, floods have forced thousands of people like these girls to seek refuge in the emergency center.
Credits: Caritas

Torrential rains across Central America have caused deadly flooding in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

Caritas teams are reporting that many roads and bridges have been destroyed, making it more difficult to reach survivors.

Caritas El Salvador Director of Communications Ilse Marlene Vallecillos says that 12 out of 14 departments have been severely affected by the downpour, with over 13,000 people forced to flee the rising waters.

A team from Caritas El Salvador is carrying further assessments. Caritas worries that the flooding will have longer-term consequences as the floods have wiped away much of this season’s harvest. “Food security in the next months is a major concern as much of the crops are already lost,” said Ilse Marlene Vallecillos.

Meanwhile in Guatemala, Caritas Guatelama Director Victor Hugo Martinez is warning of a deteriorating situation. He reports that 130,000 people have been affected by the flooding as the government declared a national disaster.

Choluteca region of Honduras is also on high alert. Caritas Internationalis is working with regional members on responding to the humanitarian needs.

Please call Ryan Worms on 0039 06 698 797 57 or email worms@caritas.va