The situation here in El Salvador has become truly critical in the past 24 hours. The number of evacuated persons has risen to at least 13,878 and Civil Protection continues to call for more. In the past 12 hours over 200 ml (approximately 8 inches) of rain fell nation wide, and the death toll has risen to at least 27 people. Many roads are now impassable due to flooded rivers and creeks, as well as land slides. Civil Protection has registered 590 land slides, 472 damaged or destroyed homes, and 998 homes in grave risk.
We cannot stress enough the devastation that has occurred over the past 72 hours. The entire country is on red alert, frantically trying to get basic necessities to shelters and communities around the country.
In the Lower Lempa the CEL is currently releasing 8000 cubic meters of water per second, levels not seen since Hurricane Mitch in 1998. The levees are already seriously compromised and the Mayor of Jiquilisco is calling for a complete evacuation of the Lower Lempa, as ordered by Civil Protection. The Salvadoran Navy and Armed Forces has dispached boats and vehicles to help facilitate evacuations.
We at Voices are working with the Civil Protection Central Command out of Ciudad Romero. They have asked us, for right now, to provide support to the shelters in Amando Lopez and Comunidad Octavio Ortiz, which we are doing. This afternoon, Civil Protection is evacuating the Amando Lopez Shelter, which is at capacity. As the Rio Lempa continues to rise through the afternoon and into the evening, we expect that the numerous families that have so far not evacuated to make their way to the Amando Lopez shelter, and they will need our support. We will also continue assisting the evacuees as they move to the shelter in San Marcos. Right now we are focused on the basics: food, clothing, and shelter.
Again, if you have not donated for this emergency, we urge you to do so. This weather is projected to last into the coming week, and any and all aid is urgent and necessary. Also we have noticed that there is a lack of coverage in the international press – please help spread the word!
We are making a wire transfer to the communities tomorrow morning, so please help tonight by clicking on the Donate Now button to the right of this page. No amount is too small or big.
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