Tropical Storm Julia swamps El Salvador
Tropical storm Julia passed along the length of El Salvador's Pacific Coast Sunday night into Monday, bringing with it torrential rains and flooding throughout the entire country.
As the storm approached on Sunday, red alerts were declared in every region of the small Central American country and president Nayib Bukele declared a national day of prayer.
As of 12:30 PM local time on Monday, the death toll stood at 9. The largest single tragedy involved the death of 5 soldiers when they were buried under a mudslide in Comasagua. The soldiers had been part of an ongoing security operation which has cordoned off the municipality for more than a week. Two people died when a retaining wall collapsed in Morazan, another when a tree fell on a house and a motorcyclist died in an accident when a flooded current caused him to lose control.
Widespread flooding appeared first in the eastern part of the country, but as the storm continued its path to the west, so did the flooding. More than 1000 people were in shelters as of 8 a.m. on Monday.
Roads were blocked with fallen trees in many areas. Schools were closed on Monday and Tuesday, and many businesses did not open.
With rains continuing throughout Monday afternoon, damages continue to mount and the total toll which Julia has wreaked on El Salvador will not be known for days.
#TormentaTropicalJulia | "Esta situación, aquí en la colonia Carrillo está tremendo", dice un vecino mientras graba un vídeo desde la segunda planta de su casa y documenta los momentos de angustia de sus vecinos; esto ocurrió en la Carrillo de San Miguel #Julia 📹: @OtmaroGiron pic.twitter.com/zb9SfeHtYw— Oscar Machon (@OscarMachon) October 10, 2022
#Nacionales | Colapsa el puente en Titilhuapa en la ciudad Dolores, Cabañas, a causa del desbordamiento del río.— Teleprensa (@Teleprensa33) October 10, 2022
📹 Vía: Cortesía. #Teleprensa33 #TormentaTropicalJulia #ElSalvador #ClimaSV pic.twitter.com/VwzsnzWnh6
El #EquipoTácticoOperativo de @PROCIVILSV realiza de manera articulada el rescate de las familias que sufrieron inundaciones por la #DepresionTropicalJulia en la 📍colonia Prados, San Miguel.#EmergenciaSV pic.twitter.com/pbcIV3AsCd— Secretaría de Comunicaciones 🇸🇻 (@ComunicacionSV) October 10, 2022