Menendez On Floodings And Mudslides In Central America

Menendez On Floodings And Mudslides In Central America

Washington - Following Tropical Storm Agatha, widespread floods and mudslides have buried entire communities, caused the collapse of buildings and other infrastructure, left hundreds dead or missing, and forced the evacuation of thousands in Guatemala and El Salvador. Today, US Senator Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee that oversees U.S. foreign assistance, released the following statement:

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Guatemala and El Salvador, who are suffering the devastating after-effects from the tropical storm that hit the region last week. The floods and mudslides that resulted from the storm have been catastrophic for these countries, which in many areas lack the infrastructure and resources to successfully confront this type of disaster. Entire communities have been completely buried, hundreds have died or disappeared, and thousands are displaced. The United States has stood in solidarity and mobilized resources to help our Central American neighbors in this difficult moment. I applaud the Administration and USAID for their immediate response to this tragedy, and as Chairman of the Foreign Relations subcommittee for foreign assistance, I will work to ensure our nation swiftly responds to requests from Guatemala and El Salvador in the rescue and recovery process."

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