Tuesday 28 September 2021

State of Emergency Declared in El Salvador

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Q24N (Prensa Latina) Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren declared the national state of emergency Thursday, because of the crisis with drinkable water, which has been sharpened, by climatic changes, population density and infrastructure problems.

Sanchez Ceren announced a group of special measures at the same time in order to prevent and solve the lack of drinable water for many people.

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He stated his government will try to get 3.35 billion dollars for construction of wealths, and purchase vehicles to carry water to far places.

The orange alert was also declared, for 90 days, to the Metropolitan Area of San Salvador, which would make it possible to implement measures for the water supply.

The problem of supply of drinking water in the metropolitan area also has to do with population growth, he explained.

We are facing a situation of climate change, four years of drought affect water supply, he said .

Sanchez Ceren called for national unity to deal with this problem that affects much of the population.

The President emphasized that the President of the Legislative Assembly, Lorena Peña, which will streamline the General water law, which will be an instrument to be able to act in such situations will ask.

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Water law is stalled in Parliament because the right-wing Alianza Republicana Nacionalista party refuses to give the votes, without however is the most incisive critic to the Government to issues that arise here due to the lack of liquid.

Among other measures, the national administration of aqueducts and sewerage systems will have the authority to determine the volume of water, periodicity and quantity of deposits that will give each community.

Also, municipalities will have participation in the care and preservation of the tanks for storage, while the communities will be organized to ensure proper distribution of water and private and State institutions should be repaired leaks, among others.

The President said that next week he will convoke Council Ministers to approve the national water Plan.

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