18/06/2024 10:42 AM

SAN SALVADOR, June 18 (Bernama-Xinhua) -- Torrential downpours in El Salvador since Friday have claimed 11 lives and forced over 880 people to evacuate, the National Civil Protection Commission said on Monday, reported Xinhua.

Luis Alonso Amaya, director of the National Civil Protection System, told a press conference that three minors were among the fatalities. Falling trees were the cause for several of the deaths.

Interior Minister Juan Carlos Bidegain mentioned that more than 117 existing shelters could accommodate up to 6,400 people. Currently, 34 of these shelters are in use, providing accommodation for 882 people, including 443 adults and 439 minors.

To safeguard lives, the Legislative Assembly declared a 15-day state of national emergency on Sunday, Bidegain added.

According to Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Fernando Lopez, several parts of the country have seen continuous rainfall for more than 16 hours, especially in the west.

"We will have quite strong accumulations (of rain) during the week, especially in the coastal and volcanic area," Lopez said, adding that weather conditions could begin to improve by Wednesday.

This heavy rainfall in El Salvador was caused by two low-pressure systems over the Central American region, which could lead to a cyclone in the next 48 hours, according to weather forecasts.

The Salvadoran government reported that the rains have caused 42 landslides so far.  







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