Photo: El Salvador Violence during Holy Week
At least 75 people died during Holy Week in El Salvador, 26 of whom drowned or died in other accidents and 49 of whom were murdered, authorities said Tuesday.
In its final report, the Civil Protection Directorate said that the number of people who died in accidents or by drowning during the week before Easter fell from 41 in 2011 to 26 in 2012.
The National Civil Police (PNC) have not updated the murder figure, which as of last Saturday stood at 49, 42 fewer than last year, when there were 91 killings during the same period, PNC assistant director Mauricio Ramirez told reporters on the weekend.
Among the people injured in assorted accidents are more than 200 who were stung by jellyfish, which in recent days have proliferated along El Salvador’s coast due to the heavy concentration of algae, which serves as food for them.
In addition, the Civil Protection Directorate reported nine other deaths and one person who had gone missing in incidents unrelated to the pre-Easter vacation.
A total of 369 traffic and other accidents were registered, while emergency authorities carried out 416 rescue operations, almost all of them along the country’s beaches.
At least 38,419 police, soldiers, emergency workers, doctors and other personnel provided security and aid to vacationers during the week.