May 30th, 2010
12:22 PM ET

Storm kills 18 in Central America

[Updated at 12:22 p.m. ET] Six people have died in El Salvador as a result of rains associated with Tropical Storm Agatha, which killed at least 12 people and left 22 missing in neighboring Guatemala, the Salvadoran government said Sunday.

The government issued a red alert, the highest warning level, which shut own schools and opened up shelters for families in the affected areas, President Mauricio Funes said. More than 100 families have sought shelter.

In Guatemala, the storm damaged more than 3,500 homes and forced the evacuation of more than 61,000 people, the nation's emergency office said Sunday.

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  1. David Aguila

    It hasn't stopped rainning, I can't remember last time it rained like this.

    May 30, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • rosie

      hello God bless you. im really sorry to hear this really i am. this is so sad how long has it been raining? i hope your good and your family also may God truly bless you.

      May 30, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Luis Cabrera

    Rain has stopped and sun is out this morning! Hopefully restoration to roads and towns can continue.

    May 30, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Zolicon

    My heart goes out t them.May they resrt in Peace.

    May 30, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rodolfo benitez

    Rain is hitting us hard in el salvador, but it is not so much the amount of watter falling but the lenght of time of the fall. There has been landslaides on the road to Lourdes in the department of la libertad. It is 11:32 a.m and it its begining to rain again and Tropical Storm Agatha will continue hitting us for 48 hours more.

    May 30, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Karen Marroquin

    My heart goes out to that Guatemalan mom who lost her 4 young children because a light post fell on her home. God bless!

    May 30, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mike Mendelson

    My wife and pastor are flying into San Salvador to drive to Guatemala for a surgical mission near Guatemala City. Prayers that they get there safe and are able to help the people who so desperately need it.

    May 30, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. rosie

    may the precious lord jesus protect his peoplethis is definetley the end of times no doubt.these are the last days. and this is onlly the beginning the worse is yet to come.this century will not pass .may God bless them and protect all living thing on eart and specialy now them in el salvador and guatemala. love God bless rosie

    May 30, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Wig Boo

    LOoks like it is going to be a VERY active storm season this year. Not good.


    May 30, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. damiao

    God bless and I'm really sorry, but we're paying a high price in order to destroy the nature, this event is more frequent day after day, unfortunately.

    May 30, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ruffnutt

    mothernature 18 poor people 0

    May 30, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gady Mayen - Hamilton, Canada

    Luckily my family in Guatemala are ok. They said the storm was horrible and that bridges collapsed, floods formed and also causing landslides. They also mentioned the Sinkhole in Guatemala City. Not only that, they also said it was also raining with volcanic ash. Oddly, my aunt said she likes the sound of the rain and ash together. 😛

    June 1, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |