Tropical Storm Amanda leaves destruction and grief as it passes through El Salvador
Hundreds of Salvadoran families have had to evacuate their homes due to the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Amanda.
SAN SALVADOR, 31 May 2020 - Heavy rain, floods and landslides have left tropical storm Amanda in its path through El Salvador, causing death of at least 14 people, including 1 child and putting thousands of families at risk throughout the territory. Authorities have been conducting a preliminary damage assessment and estimate that only in San Salvador 900 homes have been affected.
Calculations show that during a 24 hour period, rainfall amounts to 10% of what usually rains in the whole country in a year. These accumulated precipitations have generated more than 30 landslides, more than 20 major floods in different departments of the country and overflowing rivers causing collapse of houses and material damage. Road connectivity has also been affected and water, electricity and telephone services have been interrupted.
“In the context of COVID-19, tropical storm Amanda has exacerbated the needs and vulnerabilities of children being left homeless, losing their belongings, including school supplies and have had to move to shelters to protect themselves,” says UNICEF Representative Yvette Blanco.
To date, more than 80 shelters have been set up to provide accommodation to hundreds of families who have had to be evacuated from their households. The most urgent needs for affected children are clean water, hygiene supplies and personal protection to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among other diseases, food, clothing, blankets and safe spaces for their protection.
UNICEF is working with authorities, the United Nations system and partners to ensure that children are kept safe and receive the necessary support, especially in the water, sanitation, hygiene and protection sectors.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
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