El Salvador: WFP Situation report, 20 Oct 2008

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 20 Oct 2008
Operation: PRRO 10444.0 - Relief component

Status

- From 16 October El Salvador was under Yellow Alert official alert due to risk of flooding and landslides caused by persistent heavy rain of the remnants of the tropical depression no. 16.

- The coastal areas in the departments of Usulutan and San Miguel have been reported hardest hit by flooding; where nearly 600 affected families have had their homes flooded. WFP was requested to provide food assistance to attend a total of 577 flood affected families in the municipalities Puerto el Triunfo and San Dionisio in the department of Usulutan and in the municipality Chirilagua in the department of San Miguel.

- The affected family's livelihoods depend on subsistence farming, fishing and day labouring. Significant maize and bean crop losses have been reported in low lying coastal regions, WFP is following up with cooperating partners and the govt to determine the extent of the damage.

- At the time of reporting the entire country remains under green alert; meaning there still exist possibilities of emergencies in areas susceptible to flooding and/or landslides.

Implementation

- At October 18 WFP in coordination with Civil Protection and National Secretary of the Family (SNF) distributed, under the Relief component of PRRO 10444.0, a total of 8.0 MT of food to assist 577 families affected by flooding in the departments San Miguel and Usulutan. The affected families received family rations over a period of 5 days.