Guest Post by Blue from Rancho Chilamate
In the early hours of the morning on Thursday, October 5th with very little warning, Tropical Storm Nate hit our beloved Escamequita. We knew a storm was coming, but expected it to hit the East Coast of Nicaragua. Had the local community been warned, they would have moved to safe ground. They would have tied down their personal possessions and animals and prepared. Instead when the rivers rose in the middle of the night, entire homes were swept away. When displaced families started to arrive at Rancho Chilamate early Thursday morning we began to grasp the extent of the damage. One family woke up just in time to get themselves out of their house before their entire home was swept away. They watched as their dog was hit by a falling tree and disappeared into the river.
Rancho Chilamate became a makeshift shelter as families arrived to dry off and deal with the trauma of the previous night. We went out to access the damage on Friday morning but the road was impassable due to fallen trees and overflowing riverbeds. This video shows what we finally saw when we were able to get out. In some cases the homes still stood but the water had taken the entire contents with it. In the video you can see one woman sitting by her front door. The frame remains but the walls are gone. Later in the video you see a large heavy cement sink that was dragged away by the waters.
They just didn’t see it coming. They lost food, clothes, livestock, walls and more. My neighbors are incredibly resilient and capable but need funds to do it. It’s still rainy season here. All money you share will go directly to supplies.
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