At least 20 people have died in landslides and floods in Central America. After days of heavy rain, rivers overflowed their banks, mountain slopes slid down, and houses were buried under the rubble.
Thunderstorms in Honduras killed at least 13 people, La Prensa newspaper reported Friday. Seven people were killed in El Salvador, according to local authorities. Numerous homes were damaged in the two countries. Thousands of people sought refuge in emergency shelters.
In the already poor region, thunderstorms continue to cause considerable damage. “Climate change is exacerbating the humanitarian crisis,” said Meg Galas, the regional director of the International Rescue Committee.
“We need support from the global community to provide more humanitarian aid to help people survive and rebuild their lives.”