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Last Updated: Saturday, 15 September 2007, 04:36 GMT 05:36 UK
Hurricane aid call for Nicaragua
By Will Grant
BBC News Americas editor

A woman waits for supplies in Nicaragua (7 September 2007)
The United Nations has appealed for almost $40m (20m) to help Nicaragua recover from Hurricane Felix.

The category five hurricane hit the coast of northern Nicaragua, destroying homes and killing more than 100 people, many of them indigenous fishermen.

Two weeks on and the situation for around 160,000 of those who survived remains dire.

The UN has called on the international community to provide the funds to get emergency aid to the worst affected.

Thousands of homes have been destroyed and many villages remain cut off by mudslides.

The UN's office for humanitarian matters and emergency co-ordination called on donors to be generous.

Meanwhile the country's president, Daniel Ortega, reiterated the government's request for help to international organisations and aid agencies.

The extent of the damage has been terrible, he said, and the government still does not have a full picture of the agricultural losses.


SEE ALSO
Hurricane Felix death toll rises
07 Sep 07 |  Americas
Nicaragua storm death toll rises
06 Sep 07 |  Americas
Felix slams into Central America
04 Sep 07 |  Americas
Hurricane churns up the Caribbean
19 Aug 07 |  Americas
Dean continues to batter Mexico
24 Aug 07 |  Americas
Felix surges to maximum strength
03 Sep 07 |  Americas

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