July 4, 2022

Latin America and Caribbean: Over 10.6 million affected by disasters in 2016

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Drought. Disease. Earthquakes. Hurricanes. More than 10.6 million people across Latin America and the Caribbean were affected by these disasters in 2016.

Each emergency presented its own set of challenges, whether it was addressing affected livelihoods, the safety of families forced to flee from violence, the growing risk of vector-borne diseases or the sheer scale of major disasters such as the earthquake in Ecuador (April 2016) and Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean (October 2016).

The United Nations Regional Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for Latin America and the Caribbean (OCHA ROLAC) provided timely responses to the humanitarian challenges of 2016, coordinating, mobilizing and advocating for the right assistance in the right place at the right time for the families and people who needed it most.

In 2016, OCHA ROLAC helped mobilize US$341.6 million to provide aid all over the region, including to more than 3.5 million drought-affected people in Central America, nearly one million displaced in the Northern Triangle countries (El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras) and 387,000 people affected by the earthquake in Ecuador.

We invite you to read our Year in Review 2016 and learn how OCHA ROLAC, with the vital support of our partners, met the challenges of 2016 through effective and inclusive humanitarian action.

For more on this story go to: https://www.unocha.org/story/latin-america-and-caribbean-over-106-million-affected-disasters-2016

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