On October 4, 2005, Hurricane Stan hit Central America, triggering massive flooding and landslides around the region. Guatemala and El Salvador received the brunt of the storm’s impact, and in El Salvador, the situation was made worse by the eruption of the Illamatepec volcano in early October, which forced the evacuation of all residents living within a three-mile radius.
In total, more than 700 people died in Guatemala and El Salvador as a result of the disasters. Additionally, more than 400,000 people were affected in the two countries, of which upwards of 200,000 were displaced from their homes and communities. These problems were compounded by the high levels of poverty prevalent in both countries. Weak infrastructure and a lack of access to resources heightened the vulnerability of many of the affected communities and made recovery a more difficult process.
CARE’s response in El Salvador and Guatemala has focused not only on addressing the immediate needs of survivors, but also on empowering them to be better able to respond to future disasters. This work has been made possible by the generous support of donors like you who contributed to CARE’s Central America Response Fund. (please see attached full report)