Direct Relief and FedEx Team Up to Bring Relief to Central America After Hurricanes Eta and Iota

Direct Relief and FedEx Team Up to Bring Relief to Central America After Hurricanes Eta and Iota

Direct Relief is providing nearly $10 million in aid after the Category 4 storm left entire communities underwater and 200,000 displaced.

Hurricane Iota, a Category 4 storm, left whole neighborhoods underwater in Honduras. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Alexander Sánchez Paz)

Medical aid staged in Direct Relief’s warehouse on Nov. 10, 2020, before being deployed to Honduras in response to hurricanes in the region. (Tony Morain/Direct Relief)

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Hurricane Iota, thought to be the strongest storm ever to strike Nicaragua, slammed into the country’s Caribbean coast on Monday evening as a Category 4 hurricane.

The storm made landfall in an almost identical location – and with similar force – to that of Hurricane Eta two weeks earlier.

To date, Direct Relief has dispatched seven emergency shipments, with support from FedEx, to on-the-ground partners in Honduras and Nicaragua, totaling 62 pallets and with a value of almost $10 million. The pallets contained a large variety of medicines and supplies, including antibiotics, antifungals, cardiovascular medicines, vitamins, PPE, and wound care supplies.

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