The United States is providing $ 17 million in humanitarian aid to aid relief efforts in Central America and Colombia following Hurricanes Iota and Eta.
Last week, Iota hammered areas that had been recently battered by Eta. Both were Category 4 storms.
“Our prayers are with the people of Central America and Colombia who are suffering from the effects of hurricanes Iota and Eta. The American people are behind you, ”Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted on Saturday. “We are mobilizing US military lifeboats and $ 17 million in humanitarian aid to help and help save lives.”
The Department of Defense also tweeted a video of Air Force personnel packing pallets containing 90,000 pounds of food onto a C-17 Globemaster III to aid relief efforts in Honduras.
IOTA DEATH RATE IN NICARAGUA INCREASES AS RESCUTS SEARCH FOR SURVIVORS
Iota made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane on Nicaragua’s northeast coast on Monday evening, hitting almost exactly the same portion of the Caribbean coast that was devastated by Eta two weeks ago.
Reuters reports that Iota’s death toll in Central America and Colombia has exceeded 40.
Shelters for people whose homes were flooded or damaged by hurricanes in Honduras are now so overcrowded that thousands of victims have taken refuge under viaducts or road bridges.
Images tweeted by Hajer Naili of the humanitarian organization Project HOPE show large numbers of people sheltering under a road viaduct in Colonia Sitraterco, Honduras.
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The International Red Cross estimates that around 4.2 million people were affected by consecutive hurricanes in November in Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala. Several hundred thousand are in shelters or informal camps across the region.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.