In October of 2011, torrential rains have caused deadly landslides and flooding in El Salvador. Oxfam preparedness programs are helping ensure that aid quickly reaches those in need.
Intense rains pounded Central America in October 2011, delivering more water in nine days than the devastating hurricane Mitch of 1998. Rivers overflowed their banks and countless landslides sent trees, boulders, and mud hurtling down hills and mountains. In El Salvador, the country hardest hit by the disaster, tens of thousands of people were uprooted from their homes. Bean and corn crops were badly affected, and wells were infiltrated by contaminated flood water.