CABEI approves US$250 thousand in emergency aid to support families affected by seismic activity in western El Salvador


• The funds will be used to rebuild at least 48 collapsed houses in the municipality of Ahuachapán.

Tegucigalpa, February 13th, 2022 - The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) approved emergency assistance of up to US$250,000 to support the government authorities of its member country El Salvador in implementing actions to assist the population affected by the seismic swarm that began on January 15 in the western part of the country.

According to the General Directorate of Civil Protection of the Republic of El Salvador, more than 880 homes have suffered various levels of damage in the municipalities of Ahuachapán, San Lorenzo, Atiquizaya, and El Refugio, so the resources will be used to purchase supplies for humanitarian assistance, hiring machinery and rehabilitation of basic services such as water, road cleaning and attention to shelters, among others; as well as prioritizing attention to 48 collapsed homes.

"We are the Central Americans’ Bank and we are ready to extend our hand in solidarity to our member countries when they require it, especially during emergencies caused by natural disasters such as this seismic event that has affected hundreds of Salvadoran families and we hope that, with this approved aid, we can provide them with comprehensive care and minimize the damage caused," said CABEI Executive President Dante Mossi.

The region is currently facing frequent climate crises that lead to disasters and emergencies. CABEI will continue to support its member countries in taking prevention, response, mitigation and recovery measures to guarantee the lives and safety of their citizens.