CONCACAF sets up task force to help rebuild nations hit by hurricanes and earthquake

TOPSHOT - People stand next to debris at a restaurant in Le Carbet, on the French Caribbean island of Martinique, after it was hit by Hurricane Maria, on September 19, 2017.
Martinique suffered power outages but avoided major damage. / AFP PHOTO / Lionel CHAMOISEAU        (Photo credit should read LIONEL CHAMOISEAU/AFP/Getty Images)

September 26 –  CONCACAF has set up a Disaster Evaluation Taskforce to assess the impact of the natural disasters that have devastated the region in recent weeks.

Sixteen of the confederations 41 member associations have been impacted by either hurricanes or earthquake.

The task force will assess the scale of the damage in each country and focus on identifying support measures and look at ways to help the reconstruction of facilities and jump-start the game in affected areas.

“Our immediate priority is the well-being of the communities in which the Confederation has presence,” said CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani.

“Core infrastructure in countries across the region has been impacted. We recognized that our actions can go only so far in providing aid, but we come together to do all we can to support our Associations in the short-term, and assist rebuilding the game once the situation begins to normalize.

“To be effective, our approach will be humble and targeted; if CONCACAF can contribute to re-establish football then we also help to reignite hope for those devastated by these disasters.”

The CONCACAF aid consists of humanitarian and logistics support for on-going relief efforts, as well as assistance with resources needed to rebuild the football infrastructure

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