El Salvador and Guatemala are affected by the tropical storm Amanda, at least 14 dead

Since Saturday, the powerful tropical storm Amanda blowing across Central America has killed at least 14 people. The President of El Salvador has declared an emergency due to landslides caused by the weather.

The season’s first storm hit the Pacific Ocean, Amandaa blew Sunday 31 but over Guatemala and El Salvador, killed at least 14 people in the latter country, declaring an emergency.

The powerful storm Amanda has maintained since Saturday off the coast of Guatemala, generating severe weather that sweeps the two countries of Central America, causing rivers to flood and cause extensive power outages.

“An outstanding situation”

Faced with the additional risk of landslides, El Salvador’s president, NayibBukele, declared the emergency on Sunday for 15 renewable days. “We had a pretty difficult situation (…). We regret 14 deaths” and “this number may increase,” said El Salvador Interior Minister Mario Duran.

Ten people died in the capital of San Salvador and its suburbs, and three members of the same family died in San JuanPicodans in the department of La Libertad (center), according to authorities, who did not specify where it happened on 14e death. In addition, one person is missing in San Salvador.

In San Salvador, at least 4,200 people have taken refuge in shelters set up by civil protection after losing their homes or being evacuated because of the risks, according to the capital’s mayor, ErnestoMuyshondt.

“We live in an unprecedented situation, a large-scale emergency that adds to another huge emergency, like never before in our country,” said Muyshondt, referring to the coronavirus pandemic.

Landslides and landslides

Salvadoran civil protection had previously declared a red alert, including the rescue of victims of brigades by aid organizations and by the army.

Salvadoran Civil Protection Director William Hernandez reported the flooding of more than 200 homes across the country, caused by abundant rivers and evacuation of residents. He also reported landslides, flooded streets and power outages.

“Over the next few hours, it will continue to rain, which will cause the increase (of the flow) of the rivers, landslides can occur on the roads (…) and flooding on the south coast,” indicated Guatemalan Disaster Prevention Agency (Conred).

As the rain is expected to continue until Monday, the El Salvador Ministry of the Environment has asked people to prepare for “high probability” for several landslides and landslides.

Environment Minister Fernando Lopez said heavy rains have poured 400 millimeters of water in recent hours, while the annual average is 1800 millimeters.

In El Salvador, which has 6.6 million inhabitants, 87% of the 20,742 square kilometer territory is considered to be very vulnerable to climate phenomena.

With AFP