Central America is facing one of the "major emergencies" in its history

Central America is facing one of the "major emergencies" in its history

San Salvador : El Salvador | Oct 18, 2011 at 12:35 AM PDT
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In El Salvador, the legislature declared a State of public calamity nationwide, which will be valid for 60 days from its publication in the official journal. This Decree, adopted with the votes of 57 of 84 deputies present, serve to enable the Government to use of the funds needed to meet the needs arising from the emergency.

The director of Civil protection, Jorge Meléndez, announced that they maintain the State of high alert at the national level, because that will be storms due to two systems of low pressure, a located on the Yucatán peninsula, Mexico, and another to the South of Guatemala. According to Civil Protection technicians, in seven days of rain, the amount of accumulated water already exceeds records accumulated water of Hurricane Mitch in 1998. "We have a historical record, this is beyond to Mitch that we had a maximum row of 861 mm and now already surpass the 1,250 millimeters of water accumulated," said the Minister of environment, Germán Rosa Chávez.

President Funes said at a national chain of radio and television that there is a risk of new landslides and cave-ins and pointed out that only in the last 24 hours, 24 people were killed, for what it called the population to comply with orders of evacuation to prevent more tragedies. "The intensity of rainfall, the duration of the phenomenon and the extent of the territory reached us placed before one of the largest emergencies we have had to face", he said.

The Government also reported that started several preventive evacuation and that there are 22 roads have been closed, as well as the passage of Guatemala by the border of the Hachadura. Classes were also suspended.

Vice President Rafael Espada, in Guatemala, revealed that the death toll had risen to 31. And the executive director of the National Coordinator for disaster reduction (Conred), Alejandro Maldonado said that six people have disappeared, there are 18 injured, in addition to 59,000 victims and 478.000 people affected. But the figures could increase that relief bodies looking for tons of Earth to these people.

Also, President Álvaro Colom appealed to Congress that will expedite the collection of the national budget negotiations to meet the emergency. It is expected that in the next few hours the Government also declaring State of public calamity.

In Honduras the Permanent Commission of contingencies (COPECO), reported that they have accounted for 13 people dead, 10.161 evacuees and affected 38.161. The floods have caused considerable damage to the entire South, border with el Salvador where 20 communities are cut off with around 40,000 inhabitants.

The southern municipalities of Marcovia has three days to be held incommunicado. Its Mayor, Nahún Cálix, told radio HRN as "floods ever it had filed in this town during the disaster Hurricane Mitch left in his wake", it ravaged Central America between late October and early November 1998 and left more than 11,000 dead, 8,000 missing, 12,000 injured and almost three million victims among GuatemalaHonduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, according to official figures.

In Costa Rica, where deaths are not reported as result of the rains, the National Commission for emergencies (CNE) reported as a preventive measure, that little more than one thousand people were evacuated during the weekend in several cantons in Santa barbara, Heredia, 30 kilometres north of the capital. Some highways and roads were affected by floods or landslides.

Meanwhile in Nicaragua, President Daniel Ortega declared him Monday the national calamity State and put all the institutions of the State on the basis of the situation. Also reported that there are 133.888 people affected, of which 15,000 are isolated by floods but ongoing assistance by army helicopters. Other 12,000 families have been affected by damage or destruction of their homes. And the national system of care, disaster mitigation, had been previously confirmed the deaths of five people.

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Central America faces one of the "major emergency" in its history
Thus branded Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes , after 7 days of rain. The accumulated water exceeds that of Hurricane Mitch . Three countries decreed the state of calamity
Vicky247 is based in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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