Thousands of people left homeless in El Salvador by the May 3rd devastating earthquake moved into "tent villages" airlifted and erected by men of the U.
Thousands of people left homeless in El Salvador by the May 3rd devastating earthquake moved into "tent villages" airlifted and erected by men of the U.S. Southern Command.
They are providing disaster relief in conjunction with the U.S.'s country team in El Salvador, headed by U.S. Ambassador Raul H. Castro. All U.S. Government agencies in San Salvador are contributing their efforts to complement the activities of soldiers, sailors and airmen from the Canal Zone.
Soldiers of the U.S. Army and Salvadoran troops immediately set to work after more than 70 big tents, three field kitchens, medical goods and a wide variety of other supplies had been trucked from the airport to the camp sites in the city.
Salvadoran and U.S. government officials of in-country agencies surveyed the camp sites to determine further needs. At the same time, Salvadoran social workers and military officials began registering the refugees lined up at the gates. As each group was brought in they were assigned cots and space in the big tents, each of which can accommodate up to 30 people.
Meanwhile 24 cooks drawn from U.S. Army units in the Canal Zone prepared the noon meal. They were joined by Salvadoran soldiers and others which helping hands - including three Peace Corps girls who had some free time and "wanted to do something to help."