El Salvador

USAID is responding to rising humanitarian needs in the Northern Triangle, including working with Catholic Relief Services to help families recovering from devastating storms in El Salvador. Photo credit: Raquel Valencia, Catholic Relief Services.

Key Developments

El Salvador is highly vulnerable to climate shocks and other risks related to structural poverty and chronic violence. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, flooding, and various tropical storms exacerbated existing needs facing vulnerable populations across the country.

As of February 2023, the UN estimated that approximately 1.1 million people required humanitarian assistance in El Salvador.


El Salvador is prone to a variety of natural hazards, including earthquakes, floods, landslides, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions. When disaster strikes, USAID typically works with non-governmental organizations to meet humanitarian needs and complement government relief efforts. In addition to direct disaster assistance, USAID supports disaster risk reduction activities and capacity-building initiatives in El Salvador and the larger Latin America and Caribbean region.

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