November 2, 1998
Hurricane Mitch Relief
Over the weekend, Hurricane Mitch took a devastating route through Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Although large parts of Honduras and Nicaragua remain inaccessible, MSF is actively assisting victims of Hurricane Mitch in Nicaragua, Honduras, and Guatemala, and carrying out additional assessments of humanitarian needs in the region.
New Phase in Aid for Flood Victims in China
An MSF mobile team is assessing the needs of victims of the recent floods in Hubei and Hunan provinces. The water has now receded, but in Hunan province alone, half a million Chinese are still living on embankments because their homes were destroyed by the flooding. The Chinese authorities plan to find accommodations for these people, but this is not expected to be done before April 1999. Sharp rises in respitarory infections have already been reported. The mobile MSF team, consisting of a physician, a nurse, and a water and sanitation expert, will investigate medical and sanitation conditions, as well as the distribution of food supplies for the homeless population in order to ascertain needs for the upcoming winter.
Southern Sudan Famine Relief Update
MSF is currently operating 13 supplementary feeding centers and 10 therapeutic feeding centers serving a total of 9,474 beneficiaires in Bahr el Ghazal province, the hardest-hit region of the famine.
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