Govt to invest US$21mn to repair flood damage

Thursday, December 22, 2011

El Salvador's government plans to invest US$21mn to repair infrastructure damaged by floods caused by tropical storm 12E, according to a release.

The public works, agriculture, and environment and natural resources ministries will form an inter-departmental committee to coordinate the works, said President Mauricio Funes.

The project includes the construction of 6.5km of retaining walls to reinforce the banks of rivers and streams that burst, repairing 79.4km of drainage pipelines, building another 30km, dredging work, and the removal of vegetation and other obstructions blocking drainage outlets.

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Work will be carried out in January-April next year between the 15 de Septiembre hydroelectric station and the mouth of the Lempa river, spanning the municipalities of Jiquilisco, Tecoluca and Berlín.

Funes declared a national state of emergency in October following damage caused by the tropical storm, which has affected more than 9,000 people.