Julia is a friend of ours who works cleaning houses to support her family in Nashville and in Honduras. To support her 63 year old mother, Rosa, 2 sisters and 2 brothers who live near the town of Tocoa in the northeast corner of Honduras on the Caribbean, she sends as much money and supplies as she is able.
Two weeks ago, her family’s town was devastated by Hurricane Eta. Twenty people died from the wind and flooding. Houses were destroyed and crops were lost. I will try to attach photos from Julia’s town during Eta..
This week the town has been pounded by “Iota” with 150 mph winds.
Julia’s family is surrounded by water and there is no way for them to leave the area. Swollen rivers have burst their banks and roofs have been thrown onto the streets. There are downed electricity poles and trees. Rain and flooding continue. There is little food or potable water. There is no help from the government.
The video above was taken in Tocoa yesterday.
News reports quote people saying:
“We need food and water for the population, because we lost our crops with Eta”. Iota marked the first time two major hurricanes have formed in the Atlantic basin in November since records began. Frightened residents huddled in shelters. “We could die,” said one local. “There is nothing to eat at all,” she added, noting Eta had shattered local farms.
Please help this family and community! If we can quickly get funds to a well-known person in the community whom Julia trusts, she will coordinate bringing food and water. The need is great now. We hope that later, agencies will be able to arrive and support the people there. But the situation in the short run is dire and dangerous. Any amount will be appreciated!!
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