El Salvador Landslides Kill at Least 7

Photo: APF [via Al Jazeera]

The Facts

  • On Thursday, the San Salvador civil protection agency said that at least seven people had been killed in landslides caused by heavy rains. In the municipality of Huizucar, two adults and three children were killed when their home was buried.

  • In Panchimalco, 11 miles south of the capital city of San Salvador, two people were rescued but later died at the hospital.

The Spin

Narrative A

Climate change is already worsening the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Central America. Research links back-to-back hurricanes in 2020 to a changing climate, and 1.5M people were displaced as a result. El Salvador is one of 19 countries most at risk for worsening humanitarian conditions by year's end, and climate change-catalyzed disasters are playing a central role.

Narrative B

While climate change is a factor, it must be remembered that nearly half of the population in Central America lives in poverty. When a hurricane strikes, there is very little funding available for disaster response and recovery. Recent US policies that restrict immigration and slash agricultural aid have made the issues worse. The underlying material conditions for Central America's most vulnerable people must be remembered as a root cause of the humanitarian crisis.

Nerd narrative

There's an 85% chance there will be at least 2˚C degrees of global warming by 2100, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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