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Conditions could worsen for Central America flood victims

Although there has already been significant damage in Central America due to last month's flooding, United Nations officials are worried that it could get worse without aid from other countries.

According to the UN's News Centre, officials believe that conditions could get worse for the more than 1.2 million people affected by last month's flooding. More than 300,000 individuals have already left El Salvador during the peak of the heavy rains, and more than 143,000 people's homes have been damaged by the extensive downpours in Nicaragua.

Catherine Bragg, the assistant secretary-general for humanitarian affairs for the UN, said that area citizens have only begun their suffering.

Currently, Nicaragua has appealed for $14 million in aid, which has only been 22 percent funded, and El Salvador's $15 million request has only been 23 percent funded.

"The needs are real, and the situation could get worse if we do not step in now," said Bragg, who is also Deputy UN Emergency Relief Coordinator. "I hope donors will give generously to these appeals."

According to AlertNet, organizations are responding to the plight of the flooding survivors due to the growing concern of water borne diseases and food shortages.
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