July 24, 2021

The death toll rises to three due to the rains in El Salvador

The death toll rises to three due to the rains in El Salvador



The death toll due to heavy rains that mainly affect the eastern area of ​​El Salvador rose to three and the number of sheltered to 678, informed today the general director of Civil Protection of the Central American country, Jorge Meléndez.

The official explained that one of the people died buried in a landslide in the eastern department of Morazán, while the other two victims died on the roads because of falling trees.

Meléndez explained that in the last hours the number of shelters, mainly in the eastern part of the country, went from 569 to 678, while the number of injured remains at 10.

He added that the storm has left 357 houses damaged, three "destroyed", 12 fallen trees and 49 landslides.

"This temporary situation will continue until Wednesday," said the official, who said that in the next few hours "the emphasis of the rains will be moving to the central and western area, which in a certain way is positive for the east ".

The Salvadoran government suspended classes in the 34 municipalities with a green alert for a period of 72 hours and after this time it will be assessed whether the measure continues or is lifted.

According to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Tropical Storm Michael, which is heading to Mexico, favors "the entry of moisture from the Pacific to El Salvador, giving continuity to the storm situation, mainly on the coastal zone."

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