Tropical Storm Amanda made landfall in the western coastal region of El Salvador near the Guatemala border early Sunday morning (local time), May 31, with heavy rainfall and damaging winds. As a result, President Nayib Bukele has declared a state of national emergency for an initial period of 15 days. A preliminary report from the Civil Protection Commission has indicated that hundreds of homes have been destroyed, largely due to landslides and the overflow of rivers, which is expected to continue as heavy rainfall is expected to continue over the coming days.
Previously on Saturday, May 30, the El Salvador Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) issued a nationwide weather alert after Amanda, then a tropical depression, formed off the coast. Additionally, MARN warns that landslides and rockfalls are likely in mountainous areas of the country.
Associated flooding, infrastructure damage, power outages, and transportation disruptions are possible in the region over the coming days.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.
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