More than 325,000 people were affected by Hurricane Eta, of these 2,056 were attended to in 77 shelters
throughout the country. - Red Cross photo -
Published Wednesday, November 25, 2020
$500,000 donation to attend
the damage caused by Eta
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The Central American Bank for Economic Integration signed a $500,000 donation agreement with the Costa Rican government on Tuesday as emergency aid to attend the damage caused by Hurricane Eta’s pass over Central America between Oct. 31 to Nov. 3.
According to the government, the money will be used to purchase food, drinking water and other basic products that will be donated to the affected people.
It will also purchase medicines, medical care for those in need, and building materials for shelters.
More than 325,000 people were affected by Hurricane Eta, according to the government. Of these 2,056 were attended to in 77 shelters in 23 cantons throughout the country.
“Part of the money will also be used to rebuild the places most affected in the country by the passage of the hurricane," said President Carlos Alvarado.
According to the Public Water Institute, almost $700,000 in damages for public drinking water systems due to Hurricane Eta.
And more than $14 million in damages caused by Eta, said the Ministry of Public Works.
The Costa Rican government was one of the first to request assistance from CABEI, said Dante Mossi, president of the bank.
This is the second donation of $500,000 that CABEI gives to the government in less than three months.
In August another $500,000 donation agreement was signed between CABEI, and the government to support the Clodomiro Picado Research Institute of the Costa Rican University.
The donation was used to rapidly increase the production of a blood plasma treatment against covid-19 from 600 to 25,000 units, the government.
According to CABEI, the donation is part of a $2,500,000 fund distributed equitably among its immediate partner countries: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. The money is to help aid each country in facing the emergency caused by the pandemic.
CABEI headquarters in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, has regional branches in six Central American countries: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.
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