The president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, decreed a National Day of Prayer before the arrival of Iota. (Free Press Photo: AFP)
Iota will arrive in El Salvador on Wednesday as a tropical depression and for these reasons, the president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, decreed a National Day of Prayer.
“Given the threat of storm Iota, added to the other threats that exist in the world and in our country, I have decided to decree this day, Tuesday, November 17, as the National Day of Prayer “reported the ruler on Twitter.
Bukele showed the text of the decree in which it states that the day of prayer is “to ask for protection” for the country and “entire humanity” from the covid-19 pandemic and the meteorological phenomena that affect the Central American region.
The “collective prayer”, according to the president, “It will be voluntary and will be carried out by all believers who wish to do so”. The call to join the collective prayer was for 10 am.
Bukele invited Salvadorans to join “from anywhere” in El Salvador.
Faced with the threat of the storm #Iota, added to the other threats that exist in the world and in our country; I have decided to decree this day, Tuesday, November 17, as a NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER. pic.twitter.com/oasV1OWfTW
– 🇸🇻 (@nayibbukele) November 17, 2020
Iota, which made landfall in Nicaragua on Monday with category 5, the maximum on the Saffir-Simpson scale, was downgraded to a tropical storm on Tuesday after hitting that country with heavy rains and winds, leaving thousands of people cut off, without water or electricity, while they continued their advance through Honduras.
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Force for Central America
Joe Biden, president-elect of the United States, published a message on his Twitter account on Tuesday, November 17, dedicated to those affected by Eta and Hurricane Iota in Central America.
Biden quoted: “I keep in my prayers all of our friends and neighbors in the path of Hurricane Iota and those affected by Hurricane Eta in Central America.. The increasing frequency of these powerful storms is another reason why fighting climate change will be one of my top priorities. “
I’m keeping in my prayers all of our friends and neighbors in Hurricane Iota’s path and those impacted by Hurricane Eta across Central America. The increasing frequency of these powerful storms is another reason that fighting climate change will be one of my top priorities.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 17, 2020
Meanwhile, the Honduran president, Juan Orlando Hernández, asked his compatriots to remain in “prayer chains.” Honduras closed all its highway axes on Tuesday due to heavy rains due to tropical storm Iota, which is entering the eastern part of the country.
In a statement, the Secretary of Security ordered that it proceed from 6:00 p.m. “to the closure of all highway axes nationwide”, until 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday “with the sole purpose of safeguarding the life of the population.” .