El Salvador Says Agatha Storm
Cleanup Costs To Teach us$20 Million
SAN SALVADOR - The cleanup costs after
Tropical Storm Agatha struck El Salvador
will amount to some 20 million U.S. dollars,
the nation's Minister of Public Works Gerson
Martinez said Wednesday.
Martinez told public television that the
ministry had already deployed 600 of its
employees across the country.
The figure of 20 million dollars was based
on the costs of the cleanup work for
Hurricane Ida, which hit Nicaragua, El
Salvador and the United States in November
last year. Ida, which was far worse than
Agatha, cost El Salvador 188 million dollars
in cleanup costs.
Agatha, the first named storm of the Pacific
hurricane season, hit El Salvador, Guatemala
and Honduras on Saturday. Guatemala was the
worst hit, with 156 people killed, 87
injured and more than 100 missing.
Jorge Melendez, director general for civil
protection, said the state of emergency
remained in place in nine regions due to
landslides. Reports said 45 homes were
damaged in El Salvador.