Tropical Storm Stan ravages Central America; believers respond.

By October 10, 2005

Central America (MNN)–Tropical Storm Stan has killed over two hundred people in Central America. The storm left a trail of devastation across the region. Torrential rainfalls, flooding and mudslides mean damages to an already impoverished region will mount exponentially.

The storm cut a swath of ruin through El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Colombia, Costa Rica and part of Mexico.

World Vision rapid response teams delivered medicines, medical equipment and first aid items, along with other survival items.

El Salvador took the hardest hit. Government estimates put 80% of the country under water, still. Crop ruin has been extensive.

Thousands fled the country not only from the storm, but also from the eruption of the Ilamatepec Volcano nine days ago.

Elsewhere, roads have been made impassable by landslides triggered by the continued rains. That makes getting aid to the displaced more of a challenge.

World Vision Mexico is distributing tents, blankets, and sleeping bags to displaced families.

World Vision staff are also providing psychosocial attention to the people in shelters. As they do so, their actions speak loudly of the love and hope of Christ.

If you’d like to help, click on the highlighted link for contact information.

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