Urgent Help Needed for Survivors of Tropical Storm Agatha

Jun 01, 2010, 18:08 ET from Pan American Development Foundation

www.PanAmericanRelief.org is a secure method to help, PADF says

WASHINGTON, June 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After Tropical Depression Agatha killed nearly 180 people and affected more than 170,000 in Central America, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) seeks corporate and individual donations to provide critical support to those in need. www.PanAmericanRelief.org

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"The people of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras desperately need help," says John Sanbrailo, PADF's Executive Director. "Through your support, we can help to relieve their suffering."

Tropical Depression Agatha, the first tropical storm of 2010, struck the three countries over the weekend.

In Guatemala, the devastating storm caused over 152 deaths and a reported 59 missing people; 85,537 people are affected. A 200 foot sinkhole swallowed a three-story building in a busy intersection in Guatemala City, killing at least one man.

In El Salvador, the heavy rains and flooding have affected the coastal areas, volcanic range and eastern and central areas of the country. The local emergency management authorities have reported 10 deaths and two missing people. More than 8,147 have been evacuated. Honduras has also been affected, with the declaration of at least 17 deaths.

PADF is the natural disaster relief arm of the Organization of American States. Most recently, it has responded to the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile. www.PanAmericanRelief.org

"PADF will continue to work with the OAS, national emergency management authorities, and local partners to address the critical needs caused by this storm," says Sanbrailo.

Meanwhile, people interested in making cash contributions may do so online via a safe, secure website: www.PanAmericanRelief.org.

About PADF

PADF is an independent, non-profit organization that creates public-private partnerships to assist the least advantaged people in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Through these partnerships and as a unique affiliate of the Organization of American States, PADF creates economic opportunities, strengthens communities and prepares for and responds to natural disasters.

Having worked in every country in the region, PADF engages community-based groups, governments and the private sector in the process of implementing appropriate solutions for sustainable development.

In the past year, more than 5.6 million people in 18 countries benefited from PADF and its programs. www.padf.org  

Donations: (877) 572-4484

SOURCE Pan American Development Foundation