Learn about the impact of tropical storms Amanda and Cristóbal in El Salvador

Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

The World Food Program (PMA) estimates that there are some 350 thousand people who are food insecure in the municipalities most affected by both tropical storms.

Tropical storms Amanda and Cristóbal hit El Salvador in rapid succession between the 31 May and 6 of June, causing rain, strong winds and flood damage. Many areas received more than 500 mm of rain, and some recorded up to 800 mm, almost the equivalent of rainfall recorded in the Bahamas during Hurricane Dorian in 2019.

Civil Protection has responded to more than 2 thousand incidents that have left almost 30 thousand families (almost 150 a thousand people) affected and 27 deceased.

The storms reached El Salvador to areas where they reside 643 thousand people with humanitarian needs, according to the recent report of the Regional Panorama of Humanitarian Needs due to the COVID-19 crisis that is aggravating existing vulnerabilities. WFP estimates that there are 350 thousand people in a situation of food insecurity in the most affected municipalities.

These events put great pressure on resources and response capacity in El Salvador, which has led to requests for international assistance.