MANAGUA - Plan International is ready to respond to Hurricane Otto which is set to make landfall in Nicaragua today.
The storm is predicted to be highly dangerous, with heavy rain expected to cause widespread destruction and damage throughout the country – not just in those areas that will receive the direct impact of the storm.
Matthew Carlson, Country Director for Plan International in Nicaragua, said: “The Southern Caribbean Coastal regions are predicted to be the worst affected. Maximum sustained winds have already reached 87mph, and those in the path of the hurricane live in an already impoverished region, so are especially vulnerable to the damage the storm is likely to cause.
“It has been a wet rainy season in Nicaragua this year, so the land is already saturated and the rivers are full. This means the heavy rainfall the hurricane will bring is likely to cause widespread flooding and dangerous mudslides over the coming days.
“Our most immediate concern is for the safety of children in the affected areas. Children, and particularly girls, are the most vulnerable during disasters and emergencies, so we will be working hard to ensure that they get the help they need if the impact of Hurricane Otto does indeed prove to be severe.”
Over 10,000 people have already been evacuated from coastal regions by the government, and Plan International is in close contact with local partners and the communities in which it works, ready to respond.
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