March 7, 2021

Increase to four the dead by the rains and to 893 the sheltered ones in El Salvador

Increase to four the dead by the rains and to 893 the sheltered ones in El Salvador



The death toll due to heavy rains affecting El Salvador since last Friday rose to four and the number of shelters to 893, said today the general director of Civil Protection of the Central American country, Jorge Meléndez.

The official explained, during a press conference, that the last registered victim is a 19-year-old girl who died after the collapse of a wall in her house.

The fact that the girl died, which was not identified, happened at approximately 10.50 local time (16.50 GMT) on Tuesday in the El Mirador II lot in the municipality of Zaragoza (south), said Meléndez.

The director of Civil Protection also reported that a total of 893 people are in 13 shelters installed in different locations in the eastern part of the Central American country.

In addition, the storm has left 1,415 homes affected, 2 destroyed "totally" and 3 destroyed "partially", 27 roads affected, 74 landslides, 7 overflowed rivers and 16 damaged schools, the source said.

Meléndez pointed out that the green alert (prevention) is maintained in 223 municipalities of El Salvador and the yellow alert (surveillance) decreed in 39 localities, extends to the municipalities of Tacuba (west), Ataco (east), San Ramón (east) , Santa Cruz Michapa (northeast) and Zaragoza (south).

The official reiterated to the population the need to take the necessary precautionary measures and asked that they comply with the recommendations issued by Civil Protection and the relief corps.

According to the director of the Environmental Observatory of the Ministry of the Environment (MARN), Celina Katán, for the remainder of this Tuesday there will be a "slow and gradual decrease" of the rains in the eastern zone, one of the hardest hit by the temporary, and "conditions are expected to improve in the central and western zone from Thursday".

The heavy rains that affect the country are generated by the passage of hurricane Michael, category 2, which moves south of Apalachicola Florida with winds of 175 kilometers per hour.

This system favors the entry of moisture from the Pacific Ocean to El Salvador, with an emphasis on the central and western zones of the Central American nation, according to the MARN meteorological report.

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