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El Salvador Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Oct 11, 2005

This Public Announcement is being released to alert U.S. citizens residing in and traveling to El Salvador to dangerous conditions, including flooding and mudslides, in the aftermath of Hurricane Stan and the eruption of Ilamatepec Volcano. This Public Announcement expires on October 31.

On October 4, the Government of El Salvador declared a nation-wide state of emergency as a result of continuous torrential rains and flooding. Heavy rains are predicted to continue through at least October 8. As of October 5, at least 50 deaths had been attributed to weather-related events, primarily mudslides. The Salvadoran government has established more than 150 shelters and evacuated over 34,000 people from areas most heavily affected. There have also been evacuations in the area of Santa Ana, especially in the immediate vicinity of the Ilamatepec Volcano, which erupted last week and threatens further eruptions. No casualties to American citizens have been reported.

The United States Embassy in San Salvador remains open for normal business but is operating with reduced staffing because some Embassy personnel face hazardous conditions attempting to report for duty.

The Government of El Salvador's Internet website at http://www.gobernacion.gob.sv/eGobierno/estadisticasCoen1.aspx provides updated information about the current situation in Spanish. American citizens also may telephone the Embassy in San Salvador at 011-503-278-4444 during business hours or 011-503-2501-2253 during non-business hours.

Additional travel information is available in the State Department's consular information program documents, available on the Internet at http://travel.state.gov. In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

Americans living or traveling in El Salvador are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the State Department's travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov, and to obtain updated information on travel and security within El Salvador. Americans without Internet access may register directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of emergency.

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador is located at Final Boulevard Santa Elena Sur, Urbanizacion Santa Elena, Antiguo Cuscatlan, La Libertad, telephone 011-503-278-4444, fax 011-503-278-6020, e-mail: ACSSANSAL@state.gov.

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