El Salvador is in a state of emergency due to
the destruction caused by non-stop torrential rains that began October
1, 2005. By means of the CIDECO El Salvador Foundation,
Regnum Christi members are helping the victims of natural
disasters to rebuild their lives. They need additional funds to
help those who have lost loved ones, homes and even
On October 5 alone, 15 people were reported dead
as the saturated landscape is giving way to catastrophic mudslides
burying entire families alive. The first week of October the
dead totalled 34 and nearly 40,000 refugees had to abandon
their homes for temporary shelters.
Toppled by the rain, El Salvador´s
largest volcano, located just 30 miles west of San Salvador,
erupted October 1, killing two people and displacing more than
7,500 others from their humble dwellings. The volcano´s heavy ashes
and the resulting acid rain are having disastrous effects on
the area. The eruption has ruined more than 15,000 acres
of coffee crops, has damaged roads and is endangering one
of El Salvador’s protected rain forests.
The nation’s Emergency Management Office
declared the state of emergency October 1. Schools cancelled classes
and the entire country remained on standby as the heavy
rains continued and more volcanic eruptions are expected.
Even though the
land beneath the CIDECO La Herradura Project, which includes the
Mano Amiga school, was raised 1.5 meters above sea
level, the Project did not escape flooding this week. A
creek that crosses CIDECO overflowed into the streets and most
of the houses in the community. A general assembly was
called in order to address this crisis. As a result,
34 families have been relocated to safe places and an
emergency committee was organized among the beneficiary families. In addition,
emergency provisions of milk, sheets and clothing have been distributed.
The Health Clinic continues to operate, giving medical attention to
families despite the difficult circumstances.
The CIDECO El Salvador Foundation is
working hard to support the affected families of the Mano
Amiga students, as well as the many other families that
have suffered losses.
CIDECO El Salvador Foundation