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Tropical Storm Eta leaves behind massive flooding

By November 11, 2020

Honduras (MNN) — Tropical Storm Eta has already killed dozens in Guatemala, Mexico, and Honduras after unleashing flooding and mudslides. Now, the enormous storm has turned nearly stationary, threatening parts of Florida and Cuba with heavy rain and flooding.

2020 is the most active hurricane season on record for the Atlantic Ocean, with 29 storms forming over the course of the year.

Eta from low earth orbit on November 7. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

Helen Williams of World Missionary Press describes a scene from Honduras, where WMP has a contact. “It is just heart-wrenching. He is our national coordinator in Honduras, and he said they’ve been affected tremendously, in the northern part of Honduras, particularly. His town is almost entirely flooded. And that’s what it looked like. Water up to the rooftops of the houses, thousands of houses flooded, bridges fallen, crops destroyed. More than 100,000 people live in shelters, thousands of crops have been destroyed. We need a lot of help, he says. It stopped raining, he said, but the damage left is absolutely enormous.”

Christians mobilizing to help

WMP has been trying to get a shipment into Honduras for several months, but the pandemic has disrupted their plans. The container holds food, humanitarian aid, and Bibles.

In the fallout of this disaster, Williams says Christians in the affected areas are stepping up to help each other and their neighbors. “The church just mobilizes. They give what they’ve got; they share [their resources]. The pastors go from home to home. It’s just very encouraging.”

Williams says these churches in the areas hit hardest by Eta have a great opportunity to share the Gospel with those around them. “We need to pray for the believers that are taking these opportunities, doing all they can to help share the love of Christ and to share the food and the supplies.”

 

 

The header image shows the path and strength of Eta through the Caribbean. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)