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Nature has its own way of reminding us that we must not take it for granted. The unfortunate hurricane followed by heavy rain is not just an epic tragedy that will leave us shocked for years to come. Navtej Kohli expresses his condolences….

The death toll from flooding and landslides in El Salvador following the days of downpour has reached 124. President Mauricio Funes described the disaster as ‘a tragedy’ and said that the damages it caused are ‘incalculable’. He’s declared a national emergency.

According to the officials the capital San Salvador and central San Vicente are the worst affected regions. San Vicente is in fact nearly disconnected due to landslides and collapsed bridges. Some of the other hardest hit regions include La Libertad, La Paz and Cuscatlan.

Up till now there have been reports of over 60 people missing and more than 7,000 are in shelters.

Rescue workers recovered bodies from the wreckage of homes in the town of San Vicente.  “We rescued a man this morning who had fractures, and a little girl” a local told a news agency. He with his son crossed through the floodwater and saved them both. The girl is now with her parents.

“My son and I crossed through the floodwater and brought them here, and now she is with her parents.”

Rain triggered massive rock slides from the Chichontepec volcano also devastated a lot of homes in Verapaz and San Vicente province.

There is no electricity supply and clean water in the large parts of El Salvador. The death toll continues to rise since hurricane Ida, which has now strengthened to category II storm, was hovering over the Gulf of Mexico.