As Hurricane Felix Moves on, UMCOR Responds
NEW YORK, Sept. 5, 2007—Hurricane Felix lashed the coastlines of Nicaragua and Honduras Sept. 4 with 160 mph winds and drenching rains. Even as a tropical storm, Felix continues to pose a significant threat to Central America because of the heavy rains that may amount to more than two feet in some areas.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief is monitoring the situation as it develops. Reports from partner organizations with personnel in Central America anticipate major housing losses and the potential of damaging mudslides. Much of the damage remains to be seen as Felix continues its slow march across the region.
Indigenous peoples living along the Atlantic coasts of Nicaragua and Honduras are expected to be the most heavily affected by the storms. Many were unable to evacuate because of their remote locations. "UMCOR's commitment to serve the most vulnerable survivors in any disaster will continue in our response to Hurricane Felix," says Sam Dixon, UMCOR's interim director.
UMCOR is also monitoring Hurricane Henriette that is threatening Mexico's Baja California peninsula in the Pacific.
UMCOR anticipates a response similar to past hurricanes in Central America, the most recent being in 2005 when several tropical storms and hurricanes ravaged indigenous communities in Guatemala, Mexico and El Salvador.