ACT Alliance Rapid Response Fund Payment for Earthquakes in Nicaragua

by Elisabeth Gouel | | ACT Alliance - Switzerland
Thursday, 1 May 2014 10:58 GMT

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Rapid Response Fund Payment Request No. 06/2014

Funds Sent To: Centro Intereclesial de Estudios Teológicos y Sociales (CIEETS)
Amount Sent: US$ 60,000

Date: 29 April 2014

Details of Response

Emergency: Earthquakes in Nicaragua

Date of Emergency: 10 April 2014

ACT Requesting Member: Centro Intereclesial de Estudios Teológicos y Sociales (CIEETS)



On April 10 at 5:35 p.m. an earthquake of 6.2 degrees on the Richter scale shook the Pacific side of Nicaragua; a second earthquake of magnitude 6.6 was felt on April 11 at 2:29 p.m. local time; and on April 13 there were two earthquakes at 10:30 p.m. and 11:07 p.m., with intensity of 4.4 and 5.6 degrees respectively, in the centre of Managua. According to the seismologists, these series of shakes have enabled the "falla del estadio" fault line which previous activation swept through the city in 1972. The Government has declared red alert extreme.

Major damage was located in the municipalities of Nagarote, La Paz Centro and Mateare in the Departments of Leon and Managua respectively. Damage was also reported in the cities of Leon, Managua and Granada.


On April 11 the ACT forum met and formed a commission by delegates from AMC, CIEETS, CEPAD, and the Moravian Church, who visited the affected areas. They visited the Municipalities of Nagarote and Mateare where coordination meetings were held with local church leaders and local authorities of both municipalities. This trip made it possible to visualize the damages to housing and other buildings that were caused by the earthquakes, to obtain information on the damages as reported by the municipality, and to obtain priority requests made by the affected populations.

It should be noted that in both municipalities it was reported that psychosocial support is a priority, as there are high levels of stress and anxiety among the affected populations. The central government is responding with food assistance primarily to persons located in centres of temporary shelters, but external support is still required as supplies are running low and are not sufficient for the entire affected population.


To provide humanitarian assistance to families affected by the earthquake in the municipalities of Nagarote and Mateare in Nicaragua.

To assist 300 families affected by the earthquake through food security and psychosocial support in the municipalities of Nagarote and Mateare.

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