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Death Toll from El Salvador Floods Rises to 192

SAN SALVADOR – The death toll from last week’s floods in El Salvador has reached 192, with 80 people still missing, the national emergency management office said on Sunday.

The heavy rains caused by a low-pressure system in the Pacific left 89 dead in San Vicente, 64 dead in San Salvador, 14 dead in La Libertad and La Paz, and 11 dead in Cuscatlan, the five provinces hardest hit by flooding.

Nearly 14,300 people are still living in 117 shelters across the Central American country, the national emergency management office said.

A total of 223 dwellings were destroyed and 630 others are still at risk of collapse.

The floods damaged 34 bridges and left 12 roads closed, the national emergency management office said, adding that 50 other roads had been reopened.

El Salvador has received $1.5 million in assistance from Guatemala, Spain, the United States, Japan, Nicaragua, Venezuela and several international organizations, the Foreign Ministry said.

The government has not released an official estimate of losses caused by the floods, but a mission made up of Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and U.N. agency representatives will try to quantify the damage.



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