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SALVAIDE LAUNCHES $100,000 CAMPAIGN FOR FLOOD VICTIMS IN EL SALVADOR
- 150,000 PEOPLE AFFECTED
- 85% OF COAST FLOODED
- TENS OF THOUSANDS EVACUATED
- HUNDREDS STILL STRANDED
- DOZENS KILLED
- HUNDREDS OF HOMES DESTROYED
- CROPS RUINED
SalvAide and its Salvadoran Partners Respond:
Torrential rains over the last few days in El Salvador have devastated coastal areas with heavy flooding and mudslides (click here for BBC coverage). Poor hydroelectric dam management has only exacerbated the crisis. Salvadorans have not seen such devastation since Hurricane Mitch. SalvAide's Salvadoran sister organizations, CRIPDES and CORDES, are on the ground and mobilizing relief efforts in one of the most affected flood zones - El Salvador's Lower Lempa River region (Bajo Lempa). With more than two decades of experience in grassroots community organizing and development in the Bajo Lempa, SalvAide's sister organizations have been quick to respond with:
- evacuation and emergency shelter
- food and basic health needs
- rescue and further disaster mitigation
- plans for reconstruction
The need remains great, so SalvAide is aiming high. Our goal is to raise $100,000 for ongoing relief and reconstruction efforts. The best way to help is with a tax-deductible donation that SalvAide can channel to our partners on the ground as soon as possible to purchase emergency supplies, fund relief efforts, and rebuild for the future.
We Need your Support!
Ways to Contribute:
Please help us reach our goal!
- Call 613-233-6215 to donate with Visa or MasterCard.
- Donate online through CanadaHelps by clicking here.
- Send a cheque or money order to: SalvAide, 219 Argyle Ave, Suite 411, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K2P 2H4
- Attend SalvAide's 14th Annual Benefit Cocktail & Auction in Ottawa on 27 October - see details below
- Attend the SalvAide sponsored Salvadoran-Canadian Cultural Association (ASALCA) Diaspora Dinner in Toronto on 17 December - call 416-577-6426.
Donations from Canadian residents over $20 will receive a charitable donation tax receipt for income tax purposes.
For more information, call us, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.salvaide.ca. Thanks very much in advance for your generous support and solidarity!
14th Annual Benefit Cocktail & AuctionThursday, 27 October, 6:30PM
1000 Byron Ave, Ottawa (map)
Tickets: $40 ($15 tax receipt) Entertainment by Shaman Rhythms
Licenced and catered gourmet cocktail
Silent & live auctions plus raffles *All proceeds go toward flood relief efforts in El Salvador* Call 613-233-6215 or email email@example.com for tickets.
Flooded farmer's field - lost livelihood Temporary shelter One of many flooded communities
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Monday, October 17, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
There is a great deal of information coming out of El Salvador this week about the flooding that is taking plce. Some estimates predict that the flooding will ruin as much as 60% of the crop yield this year.
Thousands of people have been displaced from their homes. La Prensa has a good gallery of photos on the flooding.
Here re some excerpts from other blogs:
The country is under a state of emergency. In a press conference Saturday night, president Funes called for all elements of Salvadoran society to pull together. As of tonight some 13 thousand Salvadorans have been forced to flee their homes, and the death toll has risen to 10.
Emergency efforts to distribute food are underway for families forced from their homes. Donations are being received from many sources, and the Salvadoran armed forces are participating in distribution of emergency aid.
we are under constant rain here, 5 full days now and no clear end in sight.
a tropical depression is just sitting here by the coast and another possible storm approaching, the whole coast and central volcanic mountain chain are under red and orange alert, highly vulnerable, rivers are swollen and flooding surrounding areas, some bridges are out, 2 out of 4 border crossings to Guatemala are closed.
the president has declared a state of emergency so that all resources can be directed to responding to saving lives and repairing damage as well as looking for international aid.
there are 13,000 people in 170 shelters, 8 people have died mostly due to mudslides, the soil and rivers are over-saturated, classes are suspended.
Voices From El Salvador
Voices staff is headed back down to the Lower Lempa tonight, where a total of some 2,570 + personas are evacuated, and many more unsure of how they’ll get through the storm. Many families are also camped out along the road, with their homes flooded out, but unwilling to go to a shelter.
We are meeting up with a delivery of mattresses from our friends ADES, in Cabañas. The mattresses will be delivered to the Amando López shelter, where 460 people are currently sharing 30 mattresses.
The Prensa Grafica reports 8,000 people evacuated at the national level, but since the numbers have been increasing rapidly this afternoon, we imagine that it is much higher.
An emergency appeal is being organized through Salvaide
I will send out more information when an appeal has been organized.