Tropical storm Amanda hits the Salvador and the Guatemala

La tempête tropicale Amanda frappe le Salvador et le Guatemala

Tropical storm Amanda, the first of the season in the Pacific ocean, was shot dead on Sunday in Guatemala and el Salvador, causing the death of at least 14 people in the latter countries, where the state of emergency was declared.

The powerful storm Amanda continues since Saturday off the coast of Guatemala and generates storms that sweep across the two countries of central America, causing overflowing rivers and causing power outages in widespread use.

Facing the risk of additional landslides, the president of el Salvador Nayib Bukele has declared Sunday a state of emergency for 15 days, renewable.

“We have experienced a quite difficult situation (…) We regret the 14 deaths”, and “this number may increase,” said the minister of the Interior of el Salvador, Mario Duran.

Ten people died in the capital San Salvador and its suburbs and three members of the same family have perished in San Juan Opico in The department of la Libertad (center), according to the authorities who did not specify where the 14th death. In addition, a person is missing, in San Salvador.

In San Salvador, at least 4 200 people have taken refuge in shelters set up by the civil Protection after having lost their homes or have been evacuated due to the risk, according to the mayor of the capital, Ernesto Muyshondt.

“We live in an unprecedented situation, an emergency of great magnitude, which adds to a other emergency huge, as ever our country has known,” said Mr. Muyshondt, referring to the pandemic of sars coronavirus.

The civil protection in el salvador had previously declared the red alert, involving the rescue of victims by brigades, disaster relief organizations and by the army.

The director of civil Protection in el salvador William Hernandez has reported the flooding of more than 200 homes throughout the country, caused by the overflowing of the rivers, and the evacuation of local residents.

Mr. Hernandez has also made state-of-landslides, flooded streets and power outages.

“In the next few hours, it will continue to rain, which will cause the increase (flow) of the rivers, landslides could occur on the roads (…) and flooding on the south coast”, the Agency said in the guatemalan disaster reduction (Conred).

As the rains are to continue until Monday, the ministry of Environment of el Salvador has asked the public to be ready for the “high probability” of multiple landslides and rockslides.

The minister of the Environment Fernando Lopez indicated that the torrential rains had spilled over the course of the last hours 400 mm of water, while the annual average is of 1 800 millimetres.

In el Salvador, which has 6.6 million inhabitants, 87% of 20.742 square kilometres of the territory are considered to be very vulnerable to climatic phenomena.

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