Floods and landslides killed at least 130 people in El Salvador and sent 10,000 fleeing their homes on Monday after a late-season hurricane devastated swaths of mountainous Central America.
Landslides and overflowing rivers swept away entire homes, while a raging torrent ripped through an large section of one town. Some of the bodies were taken to a chapel, covered in mud-caked sheets.
“It was a torrent of water and mud that swept away everything in its path. All I could do was tell my wife to grab the kids and flee,” Arnoldo Paz, a resident of Verapaz in the central region of the country, told AFP. He said the current swept his home away.
Though Hurricane Ida did not hit El Salvador directly, it brought heavy rain that affected the entire region.