Alert goes to orange; classes resume

The red alert in El Salvador for additional landslides and flooding has been lowered to orange. The forecast shows improving weather, and the country is slowly starting to dry out. Schools have been re-opened (except for those operating as shelters, those in the red alert zone around the Ilamatepec volcano, and those damaged by flooding). 63,000 people are still in shelters but a few thousand have been able to leave.

There were preliminary figures from the government that $120 million would be needed to repair the highway system in the country. The government hopes to be able to reallocate funds from existing international loan credits to the repair projects.