Hurricane Eta is expected to bring a huge amount of rain in Nicaragua and Honduras. (File photo of flooding in Nicaragua in 2011). Credit: OCHA/ Charles Bernimolin
Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 3 November 2020
Hurricane Eta is projected to bring sustained winds of 215 km/h and up to 635mm of rain to much of Nicaragua and Honduras. There are nearly 70,000 people in areas along Eta’s track in northern Nicaragua exposed to hurricane winds and more than 483,000 estimated people in Honduras exposed to Eta’s impact, according to the Pacific Disaster Center. Eta’s projected path over parts of Guatemala, El Salvador and Belize will potentially bring heavy rains.
Together with authorities in Honduras and Nicaragua, UN Emergency Technical Teams are working to identify available personnel and resources to support the response upon request by the two governments.
The World Food Programme has essential food supplies ready to deliver to Honduras and Nicaragua through the Panama-based Logistics Hub.
The Central American regional disaster coordination body has met with national counterparts in Nicaragua and in Honduras to coordinate preparedness measures should there be any request for support. It is also coordinating with the Central American Integration System over the possible activation of regional mechanisms to facilitate the ground transport of emergency supplies and to strengthen response and assistance.
Nicaraguan disaster response authorities are providing relief supplies to families along the northern coast and have evacuated more than 1,500 people.bNicaragua authorities have placed the North Caribbean Coast Region under red alert. Honduran officials have declared a red alert for four departments in northern and eastern Honduras, While El Salvador has placed all departments under red alert.
Another aid worker was killed in South Sudan just a day after the killing of another humanitarian there. The Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Alain Noudéhou, has condemned
the killing saying he is appalled by repeated acts of violence against humanitarians. He called for the perpetrators to be identified and brought to account.
Mr. Noudéhou said that South Sudanese aid workers are enduring difficult conditions to deliver lifesaving assistance to their fellow citizens and should be protected.
The two humanitarian workers killed in the past week were South Sudanese. They were delivering critical nutrition services to vulnerable people affected by conflict and flooding.
This latest incident brings to nine the total number of humanitarian workers killed in South Sudan this year – three times the total number of humanitarians who lost their lives in the country in 2019. Some 124 aid workers, mostly South Sudanese, have lost their lives in the line of duty since conflict broke out in late 2013.