Hurricane Ida causes mudslides in El Salvador
November 9, 2009
SANTA ANA, El Salvador — Mudslides and flooding, triggered by the torrential rains of Hurricane Ida, left more than 130 dead and 7,000 evacuated in El Salvador over the weekend. No reports of injuries or damage affecting members of the CFCA community have been received.
More than 15 inches of rain fell Saturday and Sunday, said Henry Flores, director of CFCA’s communications center in El Salvador. Flores said heavy rains caused the Acelhuate and Jiboa rivers near the capital of San Salvador to overflow, affecting access to roads and surrounding communities.
CFCA serves approximately 12,560 children, youth and elderly in El Salvador, with more than 1,200 residing in and around San Salvador. Updated reports will become available as CFCA staff members initiate contact with affected CFCA communities.
Now a Category 1 storm, Ida slipped between Cancun and the western tip of Cuba, sparing the Yucatan peninsula, and is expected to hit somewhere between Louisiana and Florida late Monday or early Tuesday.