Verapaz: four days after the landslide

By Tjarda Muller
On November 8, at 12:30 a.m., a landslide from the San Vicente volcano destroyed 35 percent of Verapaz.

Tjarda Muller, Oxfam America’s regional communications officer in El Salvador, visited Verapaz four days after a landslide wiped out more than one-third of the community. Here are some of the pictures she took.

Torrential rains the previous weekend triggered the landslide and spread devastation across El Salvador. The disaster has left 184 people dead, and in Verapaz alone, more than 800 people have sought refuge in shelters.

Oxfam has been responding to the disaster by providing hygiene kits, water tanks, stoves, and kitchen utensils. The organization is now helping about 4,200 people and assessing the damage to determine how best to provide support as communities work to recover.