El Salvador

El Salvador - Floods OCHA Situation Report No.1

Ref:GVA/99/0166
El Salvador - Floods
OCHA - Geneva Situation Report No.1

29 September 1999

Government declares Red Alert

1. The United Nations Resident Coordinator in El Salvador reports that the Government has declared red alert for the entire country, following heavy rains that have been ongoing for the past few weeks. The red alert activates the emergency response system, including preventive evacuation and mobilization/deployment of relief.

2. So far approximately 3,000 people have been evacuated in 12 out the country's 14 departments. Flooding and landslides occur in the areas affected, including urban areas of San Salvador.

National response

5. In addition to the Declaration of Red Alert by the Government, national and local authorities are carrying out rescue operations in the most affected areas, under the overall coordination of the National Emergency Committee (COEN).

6. In cooperation with the National Secretariat for Family and the World Food Programme (WFP), the National Emergency Committee is distributing food rations to the affected population.

UN system response

7. The United Nations Disaster Management Team (UNDMT) is working in close cooperation with the national and local authorities, in particular the Emergency Committees. A UNDP/UNICEF team is assessing the situation and requirements in the Lempa region.

8. The World Food Programme (WFP) has established an emergency plan to cover the food needs of the affected population in the region of the Lempa River. Approximately 1,090 families are considered to be at risk and will be eligible to receive emergency food aid. A total of 1,964 food rations will be distributed to the affected population for a period of one month. UNICEF is distributing water and milk. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is coordinating with the Ministry of Health action to be taken concerning the epidemiological situation in the country and medical needs. The United Nations Volunteers (UNVs) have been providing vital information on the situation and needs;

9. The Government has so far not requested an appeal for international assistance.

10. This situation report, together with future information on ongoing emergencies is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at: http://www.reliefweb.int

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