Central America on alert for more rains as death toll from storms jumps to 80

October 15, 2011SAN SALVADOR, El SalvadorThe number of people killed by a week of torrential rains, triggering floods and landslides across Central America, has reached at least 80, officials say. El Salvador is the worst-affected, with 32 people killed, mostly buried in their houses by mudslides. The number of dead in Guatemala has risen to 28, while the total rose to 13 in Honduras, and eight people have died in Nicaragua. Rain generated by a tropical depression continues to fall across the region. International highways have been washed out, villages isolated and thousands of families have lost homes and crops. The United Nations has classified Central America as one of the parts of the world most affected by climate change. The UN estimates that more than 100,000 people have been affected by the flooding. El Salvador’s President Mauricio Funes said the country was “really being put to the test”. The situation has got even worse, it’s still raining heavily in various parts of the country,” Mr Funes, said in an address to the nation, late on Sunday. He said more than 20,000 people had been evacuated and entire communities had been cut off due to impassable. The government launched an appeal for international humanitarian aid, with the rains forecast to continue through Monday. In Ciudad Arce, 40 km (24 miles) northwest of the capital, San Salvador, a landslide swept away five houses, killing at least nine people, officials said. Rainfall was so strong around the municipality that rescue operations had to be suspended for a time. Authorities were also moving people away from the area around a volcano near San Salvador, where hundreds died in landslides in 1982. –BBC
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1 Response to Central America on alert for more rains as death toll from storms jumps to 80

  1. Michele B says:

    So sad for this. I was blessed to do a short-term mission to Belize 3-4 years ago, so Guatemala is very close to my heart, as well. The Mayan peoples are full of life and love. That part of the world does not need this trouble. My prayers are with them all!

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