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LIVE: Government counts 30,000 families affected and 1,200 sheltered by rains | News from El Salvador

The president twice suspended the transmission and has emphasized that “speeches can wait” to justify not having yet presented his first-year report.

The President of the Republic, Nayib Bukele, heads tonight in national chain to address the emergency due to rains in the country.

The president began his speech by resuming that El Salvador is facing the coronavirus pandemic and the effects of the rains.

“We are experiencing two emergencies: one that takes 3 months and the other approximately 1 week, the latter has shown the fragility of our country. We knew we were one of the most vulnerable countries in America but it has put us to the test, ”Bukele explained.

The Minister of the Interior, Mario Durán, was in charge of providing the data of the Salvadorans affected by the storm Amanda. The official confirmed that a total of 29,968 affected families are counted.

“Many of the people do not want to evacuate their home despite the conditions”, according to the Minister of the Interior.

Bukele said a mandatory evacuation would be necessary.

Of the total affected, more than 11 thousand people are in the shelters enabled. The Health Minister, Francisco Alabi, assured that they are taking the necessary preventive measures to avoid the spread of the coronavirus, such as the use of masks and distancing themselves.

“Ensuring compliance with social distancing, barrier methods and medical care in the face of both emergencies”Alabi mentioned.

This week, Bukele has made some visits to the communities affected by storm Amanda that killed 27 Salvadorans and six more are reported missing.

During the national network, the Housing Minister, Michelle Sol, so far the emergency due to rains has left 365 homes completely destroyed and 1,200 with different damages.

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While the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Pablo Anliker, said that the emergency due to rains has also left serious damage to livestock; “We have lost more than 300 cattle, more than 2,500 dead birds.” He also reported that there are 7,075 apples with lost corn crops in 67 municipalities.

This same Thursday the Legislative Assembly approved to issue a statement that requires the Presidency of the Republic to send the formal request to decree a State of Emergency by rains throughout the national territory. The legislators seek to demand that the president adhere to legality, rejecting “in a conclusive way the setback that is taking place in democratic institutions and respect for the Constitution.”

Bukele without providing data on first year of management

Bukele twice suspended the national network broadcast. Tonight was expected to address related issues from his first year in office.

The president said a few days ago that “speeches can wait” on his first year in office and has emphasized that he is at the forefront of the national emergency due to the rains and the coronavirus pandemic.

In the face of the emergency caused by COVID-19, the president also asked the President of the Assembly, Mario Ponce, for an extension so as not to present the report of the first year of management on June 1.

After answering that it did not proceed request to postpone your report To the nation, on May 31, before the national emergency due to the rains, Ponce canceled the ceremony.

During these 12 months of the Bukele government, issues such as health, economy and transparency falter.

According to national and international organizations, Bukele’s first year in office has been marked by authoritarianism, repression and unfulfilled promises, as well as disrespect for institutions and a lack of transparency.

First year of Bukele government: 365 days of human rights in quarantine

Currently, one of the problems that the executive and legislative powers have is the lack of consensus for the approval of the new health law and the gradual reopening of the economy in the face of the coronavirus pandemic crisis.

The management of the pandemic, the abuses of the institutional framework and the lack of transparency in the management of funds are issues that have stood out in this first year.

The Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development (Fusades) points out in its report “El Salvador. Political Year ”that there are enough elements to determine that the president has behaved authoritatively during his first year in office, and that the unfortunate 9F was a clear sign of this.

While Amnesty International views with concern the actions of the president with which, he assures, insists on favoring a repressive approach to combat issues such as violence and contain COVID-19, in this scenario, he indicates that he has put national communities on high alert and international organizations that protect human rights.

TOO: Bukele: A year of much litigation and little political leadership

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