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Adrian leaves scattered damage

Hurricane Adrian quickly weakened after making landfall in El Salvador last week, and by Sunday emergency crews were still repairing downed trees and power lines.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | May 22, 2005


"I have instructed parishes in the diocese to act as shelter for anyone who needs it."

—Rev. Martín Barahona


Hurricane Adrian quickly weakened after making landfall in El Salvador last week, and by Sunday emergency crews were still repairing downed trees and power lines.

Hurricane Adrian dissolved in Honduras, where some flooding and landslides were reported. Guatemala and Nicaragua also reported small-scale evacuations and flooding.

Scattered damage to homes was also reported in both El Salvador and Honduras, but most evacuees were able to return home.

Adrian fizzled by Friday afternoon after the storm hit El Salvador, then broke up over Honduras. More than 14,000 people were evacuated in El Salvador.

Adrian was the eastern Pacific's first hurricane of the season - and the first time a Pacific hurricane has hit El Salvador. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm made landfall with sustained winds of 75 mph.

Hurricane Mitch devastated the region in 1998, killing about 10,000 people, mainly in Honduras and Nicaragua.

The National Hurricane Center predicted that 11 to 15 tropical storms will form this season in the eastern Pacific, with six to eight of them expected to become hurricanes.

Many faith-based groups have had long-standing partnerships in Central America, working to rebuild homes and recover from both hurricanes and earthquakes.

Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) was among many faith-based groups monitoring developments in El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and other countries in Central America affected by the hurricane. ERD reported it was ready to respond and provide emergency assistance as needs are identified.

“We made the decision to close and evacuate the Diocesan office on Thursday and are closely monitoring and evaluating the effects of Hurricane Adrian,” said the Most Rev. Martín Barahona, Bishop of El Salvador and Archibishop and Primate of the Anglican Church of the Central American Region. “I have instructed parishes in the diocese to act as shelter for anyone who needs it.”

Two years ago, ERD worked with the Asociacion Mangle to implement a radio-based early warning system to aid in emergency situations in the region of Bajo Lempa. “This seems the perfect time to thank ERD once again for its support of Bajo Lempa, specifically for the project to strengthen our early warning system,” said Ing. Miguel Ramirez, a staff agronomist at Asociacion Mangle. “The system has allowed us to operate with haste during this difficult time,” he said.

Many partners of Action by Churches Together (ACT), a global alliance of churches and related agencies that responds to emergencies worldwide, were responding on a local level. The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) was also planning to activate.


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