You may have heard that Central America has been suffering devastating floods from tropical storms over the past week and a half. Baltimore’s friendship community, San Juan de Limay, is in crisis. Can you please help? Donations are desperately needed for food, medicine and other necessities. Click here to donate online, or see information at the bottom of this article for sending a check.
Here is a translation of a report by Pablo Fernando Martínez, Minister of Transport, of Nicaragua:
Damage caused by the rains to the transportation network of the country are of great concern and are compared with the effect of hurricane Mitch in 1998. In economic terms, at least 160 million Cordoba will be needed for repairs the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure confirmed yesterday. Pablo Fernando Martinez, said that the last report counted, as of yesterday, a thousand kilometers of roads and highways all over the country damaged and that the situation could become worse because the rains will continue for another week. Martinez also said that they counted more than 30 bridges destroyed that connect the municipalities of the country. What’s more, the situation will worsen in the areas of the rural roads where there are many families are cut off and left incommunicado, he said. The situation is worse in the central and north areas of the country where the heavy rains have saturated the grounds and a great many rock and mud slides have occurred that are obstructing the highways.
Limay is the most hard-hit.
The administrator said that one of the zones most hard-hit was San Juan de Limay, left incommunicado because all four of the routes that lead to the town are cut off. “The four exits from Limay are cut. The routes to Esteli, Pueblo Segovia, Achuapa and San Francisco del Norte are cut. There are many communities (33 in total) with problems of communication.” . Martinez said that for the moment they would have to wait until the level of the waters lowered and the rains stopped until they could begin the repairs so that they could guarantee access to the affected zones and then later to begin work projects to ensure passage through all the routes.