The United States is providing $ 17 million in humanitarian aid to help relief efforts in Central America and Colombia in the wake of Hurricanes Iota and Eta.
Last week, Iota hammered areas that had recently been violently hit by Eta. Both were category 4 storms.
“Our prayers are for the people of Central America and Colombia who are suffering from the effects of Hurricanes Iota and Eta. The people of the United States are behind you, “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted on Saturday. “We are mobilizing U.S. military rescue vessels and $ 17 million in humanitarian aid to help and assist in saving lives.”
The Ministry of Defense also tweeted a video of Air Force personnel packing pallets containing 90,000 pounds of food on a C-1
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Iota landed as a Category 4 hurricane on the northeast coast of Nicaragua late Monday, hitting almost exactly the same stretch of Caribbean coast that was destroyed by Eta two weeks ago.
Reuters reports that the number of Iota deaths 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 sought refuge under highways or bridges.
Footage tweeted by Hajer Naili of the aid organization Project HOPE shows a large number of people healing themselves under a highway in Colonia Sitraterco, Honduras.
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The International Committee of the Red Cross estimates that about 4.2 million people were hit by back-to-back hurricanes in November in Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala. Hundreds of thousands are in shelters or informal camps throughout the region.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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