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Salvadorans in a state of national emergency

San Salvador, Jun 17 (Prensa Latina) The Legislative Assembly of El Salvador approved the National State of Emergency at the request of President Nayib Bukele due to the bad weather affecting the country today.

Since yesterday, Sunday, Salvadorans have been on high alert (red) due to heavy rains and the development of Tropical Depression 19-E, located southwest of the coast of El Salvador, which led to the decree of emergency for 15 days.

From the early hours of Sunday morning until 04:30 this Monday, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) reported an accumulated rainfall of 307.6 millimeters in the district of Apaneca in the department of Ahuachapán. The amount of rainfall could reach 700 milimeters in other areas of the country in the coming days.

This increases the threat of collapse and landslides, which according to the Observatory of Threats of the ministry, raises the probability of 80 and 100 percent, causing damage to road infrastructure and housing in the Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range area, something that increased in some areas of the west by the occurrence of small earthquakes.

Also in this period, a total rainfall of 205.6 millimeters was recorded at the El Imposible station in San Francisco Menéndez, always in Ahuachapán, while 166.4 millimeters were reported in Los Naranjos, Juayúa, in Sonsonate.