As People Slowly Return Home, the Food Crisis Begins
On the surface, it seems things are returning to normal in El Salvador. The sun is out and shining. School is back in session. For the first time in two weeks, the front page of the papers is not a photo of someone wading through waist-deep water to safety.
Director of Civil Protection Jorge Melendez estimated yesterday that 50% of evacuated people had returned home. Nationally, 209 schools are still being used as shelters. Those that remain in shelters do so because their homes are still full of water, as is the case in some communities along the coast, or because hills or mountains still threaten their communities with mudslides.
As people slowly begin to return home (visit our blog Wednesday for personal stories), some say the real emergency begins – the food crisis.
Initial estimates of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) estimate that 98 million pounds of corn, 36 million pounds of beans, 22 million pounds of sorghum, and 9 million pounds of rice have been lost. This does not include the nearly one billion pounds of basic grains at risk. In terms of fruits and vegetables, the MAG predicts that up to 70% of national production has been lost. Read More »