Monday, October 03, 2005

Flooding emergency worsens; Ilamatepec rumbles

The Salvadoran government increased its alert level to red for dangers from torrential rains inundating the country. La Prensa already reports 23 deaths in landslides throughout the country caused by this latest onslaught of rains. School classes across the country have been suspended for two more days.

The current weather system is an effect of Tropical Storm Stan, currently centered over Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. The rains are expected to last for another 72 hours. You can see a current satellite image of the weather system bringing the rain at this link.

Meanwhile the Ilamatepec volcano has returned to rumbling. The volcano had been quiet for approximately a day after its eruption on Saturday morning. Authorities now say there could be a second eruption, perhaps larger than the first.

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