Flooding and Deaths from Heavy Rains in Central America

Flooding and Deaths from Heavy Rains in Central America

Heavy rains cause flooding in El Salvador. Photo: ANP / EPA / Vladimir Chikas

In Central America, large areas of coastal areas along the Pacific Ocean experience high rainfall. As a tropical storm may develop in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, the rain will not end anytime soon and conditions could worsen.

In El Salvador, at least eleven people have died in rain since the weekend. They died in landslides or falling trees on the road. About nine hundred people had to be evacuated, officials said.

In neighboring Honduras, more than 5,000 people have been affected by the floods, mainly in the south, and people there have also been forced to flee their homes. Panama also received heavy rain, but no serious damage was reported there, Reuters news agency reported.

Tropical Storm Alberto

The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) expects the Gulf of Mexico to develop into a tropical storm on Wednesday. If this happens, it will become the first storm of the Atlantic hurricane season and be named Alberto.

The storm is likely to bring heavy rain, flooding and strong winds to the US state of Texas and the coasts of northeastern Mexico through Thursday. According to the latest reports, Alberto could reach the coast of Mexico late Wednesday or early Thursday.

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