Tegucigalpa, Jan 13 (EFE) .- The United Nations System reported this Wednesday that it requires $ 90 million to meet the needs of 1.4 million Hondurans affected by tropical storms Eta and Iota, whose damages are equivalent to more than 1,800 million dollars according to ECLAC.
The Humanitarian Country Team (EHP), also known as the Humanitarian Network, presented the addendum to the “Flash Appeal for Eta”, launched last November, which includes the figures of impact and response and financing needs by Iota, the UN indicated it’s a statement.
The emergency appeal, which includes a response plan, was prepared based on the evaluation results and information released by the Honduran authorities and the EHP with the support of the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination Team ( UNDAC), geospatial data analysis and construction of impact scenarios, he added.
The evaluations allowed humanitarian partners “to initiate immediate activities to save and protect lives, which has now been updated to reflect the effects of the Eta and Iota natural phenomena,” the United Nations System noted.
He emphasized that the plan needs “90 million dollars to carry out and implement humanitarian activities aimed at affected people in support of the response of the Government of Honduras.”
The passage of Eta and Iota last November has “exacerbated existing vulnerabilities that, added to the impact of covid-19, have greatly increased the humanitarian needs of the population,” he stressed.
To meet these needs, the UN added, “a comprehensive response is required in the sectors of water, sanitation and hygiene, health, shelters, emergency accommodation, food and nutritional security, protection including gender-based violence and protection of children and education, so as to avoid a further deterioration of the humanitarian situation ”.
“The Humanitarian Network has done an excellent job in the needs assessment, the response plan and in the immediate humanitarian response to storms Eta and Iota, which has allowed obtaining financial support from international cooperation for these efforts,” said the UN Resident Coordinator in Honduras, Alice Shackelford.
He also said that the UN System hopes to “collect all the funds requested in the addendum to the appeal for funds to ensure the recovery of the affected population and their well-being, without leaving anyone behind.”
So far, the Humanitarian Country Team has managed to raise “more than 30% of the funds required for the launch of the Flash Appeal for Tropical Storm Eta launched in November, which amounts to more than $ 20 million.”
The Plan aims to “save lives and livelihoods by providing immediate and integrated humanitarian assistance and protection to people with the most urgent needs”, which includes the restoration of livelihoods and access to services that contribute to the rapid recovery of the most affected communities, he said.
The Foreign Minister of Honduras, Lisandro Rosales, said that his country is working “hard” to provide “the necessary assistance within our possibilities, to the people affected by the tropical storms Eta and Iota, and also continue to face the pandemic due to covid- 19 “.
He pointed out that the work of the Humanitarian Network, under the coordination of the UN and institutions of the State of Honduras, “is essential for the recovery and advance with the sustainable reconstruction of the country.”
“We know that, with our work and international solidarity through cooperation, we will overcome these difficult times,” emphasized the Foreign Minister.