EL Salvador dispatches aid for Ida victims

08:18, November 10, 2009      

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Salvadorian Interior Minister Humberto Centeno said on Monday that the government has sent 17 cubic tones of food in the last 10 hours for the victims of hurricane Ida.

The aid was sent to communities in risk in the five most affected departments of the country.

Centeno requested the victims to follow the indications given by the staff in charge of giving them the aid and confirmed that President Mauricio Funes will visit the affected areas.

Meanwhile, Foreign Ministry Hugo Martinez said on Monday that the governments of Cuba, Guatemala, Japan, Panama and Venezuela as well as the European Union and the United Nations have offered humanitarian aid in order to mitigate the effects caused by Ida, which has so far killed 130 people.

"That international aid will begin to be channelized on Monday," Martinez said.

Salvadorian Vice Education Minister Eduardo Badia Serra said on Monday that the classes at some of the schools will be canceled, as some of their buildings are being used as shelters.

While the rest of the schools will continue with their normal activities as long as the schools and civil protection authorities determine that the facilities are in good conditions and do not represent a risk for the students' lives.

According to the latest report of Civil Protection, during Ida's passing by El Salvador, 7,000 people were evacuated and taken to56 temporary shelters, while 1,700 houses were damaged and another168 houses were completely destroyed.

Source: Xinhua
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