At Least Seven Deaths Recorded Due to Floods in El Salvador

Vehicles stand damaged by the Acelhuate River after a flash flood at a neighborhood in San Salvador El Salvador Sunday

Season's first tropical storm drenches part of Central America

The swollen Los Esclavos River flows violently under a bridge during tropical storm Amanda in Cuilapa, eastern Guatemala, Sunday, May 31, 2020.

Tropical Storm Amanda has killed at least 20 people in Central America, most of whom in El Salvador, as it swept across several countries causing floods and landslides.

El Salvador's Civil Defense Agency said at least seven people had died in the flooding, according to media reports.

Vehicles stand damaged by an Acelhuate River flash flood at a neighborhood in San Salvador El Salvador Sunday

The fatalities were all recorded in El Salvador, Interior Minister Mario Duran said, warning that the death toll could rise. An elderly man died in the area, officials said.

One woman was killed in a mudslide and another by the collapse of a wall in her home in San Salvador, the director of police Mauricio Arreaza said.

Authorities have set up 10 shelters for those whose homes were destroyed or damaged.

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President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, has declared a 15-day state of emergency after Tropical Storm Amanda dropped heavy rains on the country this weekend causing massive damage and killing at least 14 people including an 8-year-old child. "The rain was so strong and suddenly the water entered the homes and we just saw how they fell".

The storm came as the country of some 6.6 million people is grappling with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

In Guatemala, officials reported the deaths of two people due to the storm, including a boy of nine. It was moving to the north at 9 miles per hour (15 kph), according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

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The weather front is likely to form a tropical depression later on Monday or by Tuesday local time, the Miami-based NHC said.

Amanda could dump 10 to 15 inches (25 to 38 centimeters) of rain over El Salvador, southern Guatemala, western Honduras and southeastern Mexico, with lesser accumulations over parts of Nicaragua and Belize.

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