These were sent to us by José María ¨Chema¨Argueta, who works with the Mangrove Association and EcoViva to coordinate our Community Empowerment Tours program. He is part of the emergency response team, assessing damages from the floods.
On Thursday, October 21, President Mauricio Funes of El Salvador visited with local responders, municipal government officials and community organizations in the Lower Lempa region of coastal El Salvador. This was the first visit to the field made by the President since the heavy rains of Tropical Depression 12E had begun to dissipate, and historic […]
Original blog post from Voices on the Border, October 20, 2011: As floodwaters continue to recede, communities throughout El Salvador are starting to consider the short and long-term impact of the 1400 milimeters (55 inches) of rain that has fallen in the past week. One of the most immediate issues is public health. According to Eduardo […]
It is official: According to the BBC, El Salvador is now dealing with over 4 feet of rainfall over the last 10 days. That’s more than Hurricane Mitch in 1998, an event that defined much of that country’s civil protection policies and response to date. Currently, government officials estimate that there are over 48,000 people […]
JIQUILISCO, El Salvador— A tropical depression in the Pacific, coupled with a weather front stemming from Hurricane Jova in the Atlantic, converged on El Salvador this weekend to cause what appears to be the largest disaster in a generation. Earthen levees along the Lempa River burst as an upstream dam released 9,500 cubic meters of […]