EL SALVADOR, 1986 - EMERGENCY On 10 October 1986 an earthquake measuring 8.8 on the Richter Scale struck El Salvador causing loss of life and vast material 'damage. An estimated 30,000 families were left homeless or suffered sever damage to their homes. Immediately the World Food Programme (WFP.) of the United Nations Representative in El Salvador visited the President and placed at the disposal of the Government WFP food supplies for distribution on an emergency basis. WFP continues to help earthquake victims under three existing development projects for community development, and the construction and maintenance of housing. Distribution of food rations and water to earthquake victims a nd wat er to earthquake victims.