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Salvadorans in Los Angeles ready to lend their country a hand

November 9, 2009 |  4:29 pm


Two women embrace in the midst of devastation. Photo by EFE.

Salvadoran community organizations in Los Angeles have mobilized to help their country after a tropical storm over the weekend left at least 130 people dead in the small Central American nation.

Groups including Clínica Monseñor Romero, the Central American Resources Center [CARECEN] and the Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund [SALEF] are already collecting donations and there are plans for more fundraising activities over the weekend.

In the meantime, the Salvadoran Consulate in Los Angeles reports receiving dozens of calls since Monday morning from people looking for information about their relatives and how to help their country in this time of need.

Reports from El Salvador call for more rains tonight and the arrival of a cold front that would further dampen the rescue efforts along the Chichontepec volcano, where a landslide destroyed many homes. The states more affected are San Salvador, Cuscatlan and San Vicente.

Paula Diaz

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