El Salvador: Lake overflow in Metapán leaves families affected - The Canadian
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El Salvador: Lake overflow in Metapán leaves families affected

EMERGENCY. The water covered the streets in the La Barra village and flooded some homes in Las Conchas and Valle Nuevo in the Tecomapa canton. | Photo: Firefighters

An as yet undetermined number of families, residents of the Tecomapa canton, in Metapán, Santa Ana, were affected this Saturday after the overflow of Lake Güija, the Fire Department reported.

The effects have been specifically registered in the La Barra village, where the water completely covered the main access roads, however, at 3:00 pm it had not entered the homes, said the source.

Firefighters coordinate with the Municipal Civil Protection Commission and other entities in the town to carry out evacuations when necessary.

“If it continues to increase (the water level), the community will evacuate by boats,” added Firefighters through their official Twitter account.

Rivers from Guatemala drain into Lake Güija, one of the countries that has reported extensive damage from storms Eta and Iota. This “has caused the increase in its water level,” explains the relief body.

In the Las Conchas and Valle Nuevo villages, always in Tocomapa, the water level reached some homes, so its inhabitants evacuated in a preventive way.

According to the authorities, the families have taken shelter with other relatives and neighbors, however the conditions in the area are evaluated to determine the need to transfer them to shelters, one of these enabled in the Rodríguez Leiva School Center.

Rains continue

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Marn) of El Salvador has warned the population about the risk of flooding, river flooding and overflowing in vulnerable areas due to the rains that are registered in the national territory and the saturation of the soil after the passage of storms Eta and Iota that hit the country recently.

At this time, the Marn reports storms of moderate to strong intensity over Usulután, La Paz and San Vicente, while in San Miguel, the department of Cabañas and the southern part of Morazán there are weak rains moving towards the southwest.

“There is a medium probability (30% -60%) of land flooding, flash floods in rivers and short-distance streams such as urban floods in municipalities of Tecoluca, San Vicente, San Pedro Masahuat, Santiago Nonualco and Zacatecoluca”, warned this afternoon the State portfolio.


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