Monday, October 22, 2007

October rains produce widespread flooding

October is supposed to be the last month of the rainy season in El Salvador, but it has had some of the most dangerous rains of the year. The country is currently on yellow alert due to the heavy rains prompting certain rivers to overflow. According to La Prensa, one person died in flooding and 600 people have been evacuated from their homes so far. La Prensa's coverage at this link has several stories as well as photo galleries of the flooding.

This map from La Prensa indicates the areas of the country at greatest risk from flooding due to previously saturated soils and high water levels.

Update: Salvadoran papers are now indicating that 2500 persons have been evacuated.

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