Tropical Storm Nate Update
Our children, staff and volunteers are safe.
October 5, 2017 - Nicaragua
Central America has received heavy rainfall and flooding due to Tropical Storm Nate.
Please see the below message from Marlon Velasquez, National Director of NPH Nicaragua.
As always, NPH reaches out to those in need, especially in times of distress and disaster.
Please join us in prayer for the families in Nicaragua and Honduras.
Dear beloved NPH family,
I want to inform you that the tropical storm Nate, on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, has the entire country on yellow alert with heavy rain and wind. The Red Cross already activated their Emergency Operations Center and mobilized volunteers all over the country to assist the most affected areas. On the other hand, our pequeños/as are safe in our home and thank God we are able to deal with the situation.
School classes were suspended today and tomorrow. The office staff went home early and is very probable that they don’t return tomorrow. These actions were taken because the rivers are overflowing and there are many trees down all over the highways. The south Pan-American Highway is closed due to collapsed bridges and damaged roads.
But not all Nicaraguans had the same luck as our pequeños. Today I had to drive to the city of Rivas and there I could truly see the complete disaster that Nate has caused so far. As an example, I received a call from the National Director of SOS Children’s Villages and the government entity the Ministry of Family, asking for our help to transport and give temporary shelter to the boys and girls of SOS because their facilities were flooded. They are now safe and staying at our old office location in San Jorge. Also, we picked up a family of three siblings and their parents that had their house flooded by the river. We found them on the main road and they will be momentary with us.
NPH Nicaragua has all the resources to face this natural disaster and to maintain the joyful spirit of our home with the correct safety measures. At this moment we have electricity because we are using our generator, but electricity is down in many parts of the country, which means no phone lines or internet. We will keep you informed as we have more information to share.
Paz y bien,
National Director, NPH Nicaragua