“That the storm Iota has already ended does not mean that the risk is gone”: Minister of the Environment

The Iota climate phenomenon has completely ceased to affect El Salvador, according to the Minister of the Environment, Fernando López, tonight at a press conference. However, López emphasized that the risks of overflows and landslides are still present in several areas of the territory of El Salvador.

“The fact that we are announcing that the storm (Iota) has already ended does not mean that the risk has already disappeared,” said López. The soils are saturated. The good news is that the system (Iota) has stopped affecting us, we will only have the typical rains of the season, “he added.

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The official also made it clear that from November 15 to 19 there was a record of 183.3 mm of rain fall in Las Pilas, Chalatenango and 165 mm in the Montecristo and 140.3 mm Planes. in Los Andes farm.

“We have quite a considerable reduction (of water). We do have a high probability of overflow due to all the rain that the system (Iota) has left us, “he added. López also pointed to the Rio Grande de San Miguel basin as another area still prone to overflows.

Alert stratification

William Hernández, director of Civil Protection, confirmed that the alert levels in El Salvador have been stratified according to the risks that each area presents. In total, there are five municipalities that will remain on orange alert. These are: Cítala, Las Flores and San Fernando, in Chalatenango, and Masahuat and Texistepeque, in Santa Ana.

The Nejapa municipality area will continue to be on a red alert, while the rest of the national territory will be on a yellow alert. “As the National System we are still active, we are going to continue giving the corresponding monitoring,” said Hernández.

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