Tropical Depression 12E Causes Estimated $840 Million in Damage and Loss
The Salvadoran government published the results of their evaluation of damages and losses provoked by Tropical Depression 12E in October 2011. This evaluation was done with the technical support of CEPAL (Economic Comission for Latin America and the Carribean). Here, we share some of the most relevant findings and results of this study and a final reflection.
Climate Patterns are Changing and Becoming More Extreme in El Salvador
In just two years, El Salvador has been affected by five extreme climate events: Topical Storm Ida in 2009, Agatha, Alex and Matthew in 2010, and Tropical Depression 12E in 2011 (see chart below for more comparisons between these extreme climate events).
“Tropical Depression 12E is the largest event registered in the history of the country,” Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources Herman Rosa Chavez described.
With Tropical Depression 12E, 747 mm (29.4 inches) of rain fell. With Hurricane Mitch, the most devastating storm until now, 472mm (18.5 inches) of rain accumulated. In 2011 in only 10 days, it rained the equivalent of what it rains on average in one year in the United States (735.5mm) and 15% more than the expected rainfall in Spain (636mm). Read More »