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Hurricane Mitch Relief

Central AmericaAt the end of October 1998, Hurricane Mitch ripped through Central America, killing over 9,000 people, injuring over 13,000 and leaving more than 2 million homeless. Experts estimated that there was more than $8.5 billion worth of direct and indirect damage from the storm in Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala, with $3.4 billion in Honduras alone.


The storm destroyed as much as 70% of important crops such as bananas and coffee in Honduras and Nicaragua, along with most of the roads and bridges needed to carry produce from the rural mountains to central markets. The Inter-American Development Bank estimated that up to 90% of roads and other infrastructure was destroyed in Honduras, the worst hit nation. Immediately after the storm struck, the Jewish Coalition for Hurricane Mitch Relief was formed to ensure a unified and coordinated Jewish response to help the victims on a non-sectarian basis.



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