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05 Oct 1995 description

DHAGVA - 95/0444

EL SALVADOR - FLOODS
DHA-GENEVA INFORMATION REPORT NO.1
5 OCTOBER 1995


1. OVER THE LAST WEEK, FLOODING OCCURRED ON COASTAL PLAIN OF EL SALVADOR, PARTICULARLY IN AREAS OF THE DEPARTMENTS OF USULUTAN AND SAN VICENTE ADJACENT TO MOUTH OF LEMPA RIVER. FLOODS WERE ATTRIBUTED TO HEAVY AND PERSISTENT RAINS AND TO DEFORESTATION AND SOIL EROSION IN THE UPPER LEMPA BASIN WHICH CAUSED TORRENTIAL RUN-OFF. THE OPENING OF FLOOD GATES TO REDUCE WATER LEVEL IN A DAM UPSTREAM CAUSED FLOODING IN LOWER LEMPA.