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Tropical Storm Amanda Kills at Least 7 People in El Salvador

Voice of America
01 Jun 2020, 09:05 GMT+10

SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR - Tropical Storm Amanda has killed at least seven people in El Salvador as heavy rains made rivers overflow, flooded city streets and produced landslides, Interior Minister Mario Duran said Sunday.

"We've seen people asking for help, asking for the government. We haven't deployed everywhere, the situation is overwhelming," Duran said.

Among those killed was an 8-year-old boy, who died after the house he was in collapsed, while another person was killed by a falling wall and another drowned in a swollen river, Salvadoran civil protection authorities said.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Amanda or its remnants are expected to produce rain totals of 10 to 15 inches (25-38 centimeters) across El Salvador, southern Guatemala, western Honduras, and the Mexican states of Tabasco and Veracruz.

The storm's heavy rainfall could "cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides across portions of Central America and southern Mexico, and these threats will continue over the next several days even after Amanda is no longer a tropical cyclone," the NHC said.

Amanda was packing maximum sustained winds of nearly 40 miles per hour (65 kilometers per hour) with higher gusts and was expected to weaken "very soon" as its center moves farther inland, the NHC said.

It is forecast to degenerate into a remnant low or dissipate over the mountains of Central America later Sunday.

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