We are watching Tropical Storm Matthew, which is currently located about 12 hours off the eastern coast of Nicaragua. While forecasters do not believe that the storm system has the time or energy to develop into a hurricane, they are concerned that it will weaken and “become part of a nearly stationary broad area of low pressure over Central America.” They are concerned that “such a weather pattern would likely produce dangerous torrential rains in Central America over the next few days.”
We are particularly concerned about this storm because our partner communities in the Lower Lempa Region of Jiquilisco, Usulután have already experienced consistent, heavy rains for the past few months and their properties are already saturated. The heavy rains that forecasters are predicting could result in severe flooding.
In terms of food security, most farmers in the Lower Lempa have already lost their corn crops this year. Those who have access to irrigation systems have not even planted corn this season and are waiting for the dry season to plant when they can better control the conditions.
We will keep monitoring this storm and provide updates as we get them.
Tuesday the 28th Update
Tropical Storm Matthew was down graded to a low pressure system on Sunday and is now lingering over northern Honduras. Rains continue intermittently and communities throughout El Salvador have reported slight flooding and minor landslides. The Lempa River has not gone over the levees in the Lower Lempa, but several communities are flooded from swollen creeks and excess rain. Some families from Nueva Esperanza, Los Lotes, and El Marillo have sought temporary shelter in Ciudad Romero. The rain is expected to continue through out today.