Today the mayor of Nejapa honoed the work of all the volunteers of Comandos de Salvamento that took place when we helped recover victims from the landslide last October 29th 2020. This had taken place in the cantones of Los Angelitos 1 and 2 leaving in it’s destructive path 10 victims and one disappeared.
For the Mayor, Adolfo Rivas Barrios, the performance of each volunteer left evidence of the great love for others that these young people have, under the direction of Alex Torres,who worked 24 straight days during the operation.
It is worth mentioning that without resources or equipment, harder work was done to locate the bodies of the people who had been dragged by the landslide that left the two small villages desolate. It is admirable the effort that these young people gave by going through and looking for the body of Mr. Miguel Maldonado.
The Nejapa Municipal Council also donated rescue equipment, stretchers, ropes, shovels, picks and other implements, an economic incentive to 15 rescuers who day by day gave their time for the rescue work in the landslide.
Comandos de Salvamento of Santa Ana responded to an explosion caused by a propane tank at a local restaurant in the Santa Ana Market.
Hecho ocurrió esta mañana en el Mercado Municipal de Santa Ana, en la hora que decenas de personas realizaban sus compras para el mediodía, cuando se escuchó la detonación que voló techos y láminas de algunos puestos cercanos. The explosion blew the roof off other smaller businesses that were close. Many from the market fled out of panic asking others to help with the injured.
Other EMS teams and the local Fire Dept. arrived on scene while the Comandos triaged the injury and transported most to the San Juan de Dios Hospital.
Comandos de Salvamento y Policía Nacional Civil of Tepecoyo, La Libertad, evacuated more than 20 people from Cantón Los Alpes, Asentamiento EL Refugio due to heavy rains that have hit the area over the last couple of hours due to the tropical storms that have come up from Nicaragua. The elderly, women and children were taken to a makeshift shelter at the Tepecoyo school which local authorities had set up.
The National Emergency system contacted CDS volunteers and outlying bases to be on standby over the next few days.
WINDS DAMAGE HOMES IN ALEGRÍA USULUTÁN
Comandos de Salvamento of Alegría, were alerted about the high that caused damage to many houses in Barrio El Calvario and Caserío Potrerío, Cantón Quebracho, de Alegría, Departamento of Usulután
Fallen trees also block the highway from Alegria to Berlin and other neighborhood access roads. Comandos collaborated with Civil Municipal Protection teams to assist the public.
Although exhausted, Comandos who are part of El Salvador’s national USAR group are working night and day in Morelos, Mexico where there is the possibility of 4 survivors in a building.
They rest little, since time is pressed in order to recover the victims who are still under the collapsed building. The SAR group from El Salvador is assigned one of three levels where they can hear the voices of people trying to survive and will work throughout the night in order to rescue or recover them.
With their faith in God and the courage of a typical Comando this morning, a small contingent from our main base left this morning to Mexico City to join in on Search and Rescue/Recovery efforts already underway for the last 24 hours when the earthquake hit Tuesday September 19th.
Comando Veterans included Roberto Campos, Jhonny Edgar Ramos, Carlos Vásquez, Roberto Márquez, Josué Najarro and Edwin Portal. One by one they gathered their belongings and said goodbye to their families. One of their children wrote a message on a prominent social networking site, “We will pray that you return dad, you are an example to follow by dedicating your life to save others, I love you and await your return.”
This Wednesday afternoon, a second group of Comando volunteers will be sent to Mexico to help in recovery efforts.
El Salvador’s USAR team which is composed of members from Comandos de Salvamento are heading to Mexico City in collaboration with other groups in order to help the public that were affected by two earthquakes.
These young volunteers have been specifically trained in the search, rescue and recovery operations and will be dispatched in a few hours in order to help our Mexican brothers and sisters that have been affected by three earthquakes within the span of one month. More than 100 have been killed or disappeared.
Hi Dad, I’m sending some fotos of our work yesterday April 16 at around 12:30 pm in a village called Portoviejo, Manabi.
We have been going between various cities here without electricity or Internet but these can be found. We have met local USAR teams and those from Venezuela, México, Colombia. It is quite a chilling and frightening experience here because 80% of the buildings are destroyed here in Manabi. We have been calling out and listening for survivors and also marking buildings. Proudly I can say that the Salvadoran USAR team is very highly trained and professional as all the other international teams present. I’ll send more photos soon, take care of yourself dad. I love you very much. orgullosamente estamos muy a la altura de otros USAR internacionales. Roberto Campos.
Cuatro more Comandos that are part of the Salvadoran USAR team will be heading to Ecuador to participate in search and recovery efforts. Other rescue agencies will include the Green Cross, Red Cross and National Fire Fighters. We pray for a safe mission while helping Ecuadorans and their safe return.-Governing Board of CDS.
Recently, a USAID sponsored training to formulate a national USAR team has finished and the Salvadoran government will be sending part of the Salvadoran National Urban Search and Rescue team to Ecuador to participate in search and rescue/recovery efforts.
Edgar Jhonny Fernández, Antonio Barrera, and Roberto Cortez, of Comandos de Salvamento will soon be departing and we wish them all a safe trip helping the people of Ecuador.
The Comandos de Salvamento have acquired a large amount of experience in responding to natural disasters over the last 30 years including earthquakes of 1986 and 2001 in San Salvador, hurricane Mitch, and numerous episodes of floorings and Mass Casualty Incidents.