Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Crisis hits El Salvador as floods leave 91 dead

Three days of heavy rains in El Salvador sparked floods and slides that have killed at least 91 people, the government said yesterday.

Dozens are still missing and about 7,000 are in shelters, Interior Minister Humberto Centeno told a news conference.

Authorities had to use helicopters to reach some of the most severely affected townships.

In the capital of San Salvador, authorities reported 61 dead including a family of four — two adults and two children — killed when a mudslide buried their home, Red Cross spokesman Carlos Lopez Mendoza reported.

Central San Vicente province was also hit hard, with 23 killed there.

The rest died in other parts of the country, said Vice Interior Minister Ernesto Zelayandia.

Most of the victims were buried by slides or carried away by raging rivers.

“We have been through disaster zones, including a fly-over of the area of Verapaz (in San Vicente),” Centeno said. “It is a real tragedy there,” he said.

Centeno said it has been impossible to reach many of the affected areas because of damage to roads.

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