By Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo November 20, 2020 In response to a request from Honduras, as a member of the System of Cooperation Among the American Air Forces, the Colombian government deployed a Colombian Air Force (FAC, in Spanish) C-130 Hercules aircraft to deliver humanitarian aid to Honduras, to help the people affected by Hurricane Eta, which struck the nation on November 4, 2020.The aircraft, loaded with 11.5 tons of equipment and carrying a Colombian Civil Defense group, landed at the Honduran Air Force’s Armando Escalón Espinal Air Base in San Pedro Sula on November 12, said the Honduran National Defense Secretariat (SEDENA, in Spanish). Honduran presidential representative María Antonia Rivera received the Colombian delegation of 38 professionals, including medical, nursing, and rescue personnel.The Colombian Air Force evacuated 38 people from high-risk areas and delivered 5 tons of food during its first mission with a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter on November 14, 2020, following the passage of Hurricane Eta in Honduras. (Photo: Colombian Air Force)The equipment includes a field hospital to treat 250 low-complexity patients, a cabin for suspected COVID-19 patients, a unified command post, and autonomous water, electricity, and communications services, SEDENA said.On November 13, the second flight delivered three rescue boats and an all-terrain vehicle, the Colombian Ministry of Defense told the press.Colombia also mobilized a FAC UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter with rescuers and equipment to evacuate personnel in jungle areas, on the ground, and in open waters; and to assist with night vision goggles to provide 24-hour coverage for this operation, the FAC indicated on November 11.On its first rescue mission in Honduran territory, the Black Hawk crew delivered 5 tons of food and evacuated 38 people from high-risk areas, the FAC reported on November 14.According to the United Nations, Eta has been one of the most challenging hurricanes since Mitch, in 1998. In Honduras, at least 58 people died and more than 2 million people were affected by floods or collapses due to Eta, the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia reported on November 19. Authorities have evacuated more than 88,000 people and rescued 50,000 others in different operations led by contingency teams from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, with the support of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), in coordination with the Honduran Armed Forces.According to the Pan American Health Organization’s website, in recent decades, Honduras has been hit by several hurricanes, such as Gamma (2005), Beta (2005), Michelle (2001), Katrina (1999), and Mitch (1988). An increase in human settlements in high-risk areas, inappropriate use and deterioration of soil, and poverty among the Honduran population are determining factors in the disaster incidence caused by floods, the organization added.
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The win lifted Sunderland out of the Barclays Premier League’s bottom three in front of a delighted crowd of 41,516, who eventually saw their patience rewarded in fine style. The first half proved a tight affair as both sides defended deep and in numbers. Steven Fletcher led the Black Cats’ line with some intent and Xherdan Shaqiri, Charlie Adam and Bojan Krkic buzzed about in midfield for the visitors but chances were few and far between. Fletcher scuffed an eighth-minute shot into the arms of Butland after turning smartly on to Van Aanholt’s cross and strike partner Jermain Defoe fired just wide 10 minutes later after neat footwork by Sebastian Larsson had played him into space. Stoke started to make more of an impression as the half wore on, with Costel Pantilimon having to get down to collect the ball after Larsson’s intervention had sent Shaqiri’s cross towards the Sunderland goal while Bojan skied a long-range effort high and wide. However, the game changed 14 minutes before the break when Defoe, who had earlier needed extensive treatment on the pitch, limped off to be replaced by livewire Watmore, who immediately started to put the Potters’ defence under pressure as he ran at defenders at every opportunity. But it took a fine reaction save from Pantilimon 12 minutes before the break to deny Jonathan Walters the opening goal when he met Erik Pieters’ cross, but could not beat the Romanian from point-blank range. Stoke suffered a major blow just two minutes after the restart when Shawcross, who had been booked before the break for a foul on Fletcher having earlier got away with a talking-to for felling Watmore, was cautioned for a second time for bringing down the Englishman, although replays suggested he was unfortunate. Allardyce’s response was to send on Jeremain Lens for Larsson , and he very nearly made the difference twice within seconds as he crossed for Yann M’Vila to force Butland into a 55th-minute block with his legs and repeated the dose for defender Sebastian Coates to draw a fingertip save with a firm header. Central defender O’Shea was replaced by winger Adam Johnson and after being fouled by Pieters, the newcomer squared the resulting 82nd-minute free-kick to Van Aanholt who blasted it past the helpless Butland from 25 yards. And there was better to come for Allardyce when Watmore broke free down the right with five minutes remaining and drilled a low shot past the keeper and inside the far post. TWEET OF THE MATCH “No longer a sham, with Big Sam #SAFC” – Press Association reporter (and Sunderland fan!) Phil Casey. PLAYER RATINGS Sunderland Costel Pantilimon: 7 (Out of 10) DeAndre Yedlin: 6 Sebastian Coates: 7 John O’Shea (Capt) (Johnson, 74 mins): 6 Younes Kaboul: 6 Patrick van Aanholt: 7 Yann M’Vila: 7 Lee Cattermole: 6 Sebastian Larsson (Lens, 54 mins): 6 Jermain Defoe (Watmore, 31 mins): 6 Steven Fletcher: 7 Subs Duncan Watmore: 8 Jeremain Lens: 7 Adam Johnson: 7 Stoke Jack Butland: 8 Glen Johnson: 7 Ryan Shawcross (Capt): 4 Philipp Wollscheid: 6 Erik Pieters: 6 Charlie Adam: 6 Glenn Whelan (Afellay, 85 mins): 6 Xherdan Shaqiri (Diouf, 64 mins): 6 Bojan Krkic (Cameron, 49 mins): 6 Marko Arnautovic: 5 Jonathan Walters: 6 Subs Geoff Cameron: 6 Mame Biram Diouf: 6 Ibrahim Afellay: 6 STAR PLAYER Duncan Watmore: Provided Sunderland with a genuine threat after his first-half introduction and marked another enterprising display with a sweet late strike to seal victory. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Patrick van Aanholt’s stunning 82nd-minute strike: His first Barclays Premier League goal for Sunderland and the one which set them on their way. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Sam Allardyce will have been delighted with the patience and application of his players as they gradually ground down the 10 men. Mark Hughes was left to rue Costel Pantilimon’s first-half save from Jonathan Walters, which might have changed the game. MOAN OF THE MATCH Ryan Shawcross could have few complaints over his first booking for a cynical block on Steven Fletcher, but he will argue he got the ball in the tackle on Watmore which saw him receive his marching orders. WHO’S UP NEXT Arsenal v Sunderland (Barclays Premier League, Saturday December 5) Stoke v Sheffield Wednesday (Capital One Cup, Tuesday December 1) Press Association The England Under-21 international rounded off a tense win five minutes from time and just three minutes after full-back Patrick van Aanholt had blasted the home side into the lead with a 25-yard piledriver. Ryan Shawcross’ controversial 47th-minute dismissal for a second bookable offence had opened the door for Allardyce’s men, but they left it late to secure their first back-to-back victories of the campaign as City keeper Jack Butland provided stubborn resistance. Duncan Watmore answered Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce’s plea for an end product with a sweet strike to cement a 2-0 victory over 10-man Stoke.