Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele announced last Saturday (7/11/2020) that he would send a force of 200 rescuers, as well as machinery and food packages worth two million dollars in a heroic gesture to help those affected by the heavy rains in Guatemala and Honduras.
“Our brothers in Guatemala and Honduras need help. That is why I have made available to each of their governments 100 rescuers, machinery, equipment and a million dollars in food packages – for each country, to benefit 60,000 families.”Bukele made this statement upon his official Facebook account. The Press Secretary of the Presidency confirmed the shipment shortly after.
In a cabinet meeting broadcast on Salvadoran national radio and television networks, Bukele announced that depending on how the emergency caused by Hurricane Eta in El Salvador developed and if there were resources available, they would be made available to the governments of Guatemala and Honduras and their populations.
El Salvador has undergone many days of rain according to Civil Protection authorities, although they clariffied that the effects of Eta have not caused much havoc in the country.
“The impact of Eta has practically passed and thanks to God, as well as the work of 100,000 men and women, prevention, continuous monitoring and early care, we have successfully overcome this weather phenomenon.” .El Salvador President Nayib Bukele.
Upon learning that Eta would impact the Central American region, the Salvadoran government first declared a green alert and even raised it to a red alert, activating all municipal Civil Protection commissions and preventive evacuations in the most vulnerable areas of the country.
Hondurans are eternally grateful for this noble gesture and there exists an abundance of support for this Salvadoran President within the country.
The humanitarian aid that El Salvador sent for the victims of Eta in northern Honduras last week were set to begin delivery on Tuesday 11th November, which was reported by an official source in Tegucigalpa who thanked the government and the population of the neighboring country.
The aid from El Salvador, divided into about 60 trucks, arrived in San Pedro Sula (north) on Monday night, after having entered through the border point of El Poy, in the west, an action confirmed by the presidential appointee (vice president) María Antonia Rivera.
The entry oftrucks with the aid sent by the Government headed by Nayib Bukele was applauded by residents of the communities through which they crossed from the west of the country to the city of San Pedro Sula, the second most important in Honduras and one of the regions most affected by the serious floods left by Eta.
In San Pedro Sula, the transports with the cargo were greeted with fireworks and the shouting of “Bukele! Bukele!” People stood waving of the flags of the two Central American countries. According to Copeco, at least 1.8 million people were affected to a greater or lesser degree by the floods caused by Eta, while the dead so far are around 60, with dozens reported missing.
Several Honduran regions remain isolated due to the breakdown of roads and destroyed bridges, according to preliminary information handled by the Tegucigalpa authorities.
One of the most affected sectors in the northern part of Honduras is the one that includes the city of La Lima, near San Pedro Sula, where all its inhabitants, more than 100,000, were affected. The mayor Santiago Motiño, announced these figures whilst in tears over the damage that Eta caused in his municipality.
President Nayib Bukele’s assistance has been arguably the only real support shown by any government thus far.