In Loving Memory of
All Victims and Survivors
of Hurricane Mitch
October 1998


To all those in Central America who have lost family, friends, property, or livelihood because of Hurricane Mitch, we join in mourning your losses.

Our sadness merges with yours...
Our prayers are with you...
Our hopes rise with yours...
We stand side-by-side with you in your efforts to rebuild your lives and your countries!


As of November 7th, 1998 the United Nations Hurricane Mitch Information Center is reporting more than 3 million people affected in Central America...   At least

13,000 dead,
16,000 missing,
20,000 injured,
and upwards of 3.4 million evacuated from their homes.
Honduras...
The latest figures provided by the National Emergency Commission put the death toll above 13,000. The number of injured persons stands at over 17,000, the number of missing persons at over 15,000, and the number of evacuees at over 2.5 million. The latest data reported estimates that 30,000-40,000 families are homeless, which implies between 200,000 and 250,000 persons.  Upwards of 100 bridges have been reported destroyed, upwards of 80 bridges have been damaged beyond use, and more than 50 main roads have been destroyed  Most highways are cut off and reports say 70% of all crops were destroyed.

Nicaragua...
Varying official reports of 2,000 to 2,500 killed, most at Casitas Volcano. Damage to 500,000 homes. Many cities are cut off due to road closings, and there are reports of widespread crop damage.

El Salvador...
Reports of massive flooding. Officials say at least 300 killed and 200 missing. It is estimated that 75,000 were forced to flee their homes. Unofficial and unsubstantiated reports of widespread agricultural damage.

Guatemala...
Severe flooding and mudslides. President Alvaro Arzu reports at least 200 killed, including 11 Americans in a plane crash. Upwards of 100,000 evacuated from their homes, 21 bridges destroyed, and at least 30 highways blocked.

Mexico...
At least 20 dead, including one American in a boating accident near Cancun and five people in Tapachula near the Guatemalan border. At least 50,000 fled their homes.

Costa Rica...
Ten people reported dead and at least ten reported missing in floods.

Belize...
Upwards of 100,000 fled their homes early in the storm, but Mitch veered away from Belize and no loss of life was reported.

Caribbean...
The Tour Schooner "Famtome", with a crew of 31 aboard, was reported missing off the Honduran coast. Searchers have found debris from the vessel, but no victims.


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