It has been an incredibly difficult month for Honduras. The preliminary reports are showing that Hurricanes Eta and Iota have left 3.4 million affected. It is estimated that 35,000 homes have been damaged, most of them destroyed. More than 202 roads and over 35 bridges have been completely destroyed, while even more have been damaged or are still at risk of collapsing. The worst flooding from these storms occurred where 60% of the country's crops are grown.
Our staff in Honduras has been calling and checking on our community leaders and Extended Care patients ever since Hurricane Iota passed. Electricity and cell service are still down in many parts of the country. So far, we have spoken with leaders from 22 of our 30 communities. Sadly, some communities have reported loss of homes and a school. We are continuing to access the situation and are working to provide for immediate needs.
Our US staff was able to pack and deliver medicines and medical supplies that will be shipped in a container to Honduras next week. The long terms needs will be great. Our staff is working on a plan, and we will share that with you soon. In the meantime, we ask for your continued prayers.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, may we be reminded of all that we have to be thankful for, and may we share our blessings with our brothers and sisters in need.