Hurricane Iota Relief for Nicaragua: Give Now

24 November 2020
Climate change, Toilets, Health
Hurricane damage in Nicaragua

URGENT APPEAL: Nicaragua Hurricane Iota Relief

November 20, 2020 (Bilwi, Nicaragua)—Hurricane Iota was the second powerful hurricane this month to make a direct hit on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, causing catastrophic damage. WaterAid Nicaragua’s main offices are in Bilwi, Puerto Cabezas, which was the epicenter of both storms.

Thankfully, our staff and their families are safe, but there is much work to be done to ensure those affected by the storm remain safe and healthy. We have already begun a rapid response relief effort, but we need your support to provide help where it's needed most.


During powerful storm surges, water and sanitation services are among the first to fail, leaving communities vulnerable to the spread of deadly diseases.

WaterAid Nicaragua Country Director Germana Fajardo says:

Rivers are overflowing. More than 62,000 people have been evacuated. Whole communities are severely flooded or destroyed. The effect on the region where we have worked for nearly a decade is shocking. Much of what we have built has been damaged or erased.

We need your support to provide clean water and hygiene supplies to the vulnerable Nicaraguan coastal communities where we have been working for nearly a decade.

When Hurricane Eta struck, we launched a rapid response effort and are working with local authorities to:

  • Deliver water filters and hygiene kits
  • Repair water and sanitation facilities in health centers
  • Deliver water to makeshift shelters
  • Assess the damage to indigenous communities
  • Help us continue this vital work and save lives