This is a devastating picture, suffered by the residents of the community of Las Graditas, in the jurisdiction of Jayaque, in the department of La Libertad. Small rivers in the mountainous slopes of the Cordillera del Bálsamo, faced with the quantify of rain water, were increasing their flow until it was too much and they overflowed, carrying all it found in its path: dwellings, the Catholic Church, a school, farms, crops, bridges, trees, etc.
This day, Sunday the 23rd in a visit conducted to shelters in the zone, it was possible to find residents already returning to their homes, in order to repair them and return to their daily lives. Not so the residents of Las Graditas, who will have remain in shelters for a longer time as a result of the destruction of their dwellings.
What remains of the school, now children have nowhere to go to their classes.
In visits conducted to dwellings that had survived, it was found that people were already inhabiting their homes, in spite of the damages suffered, the outlook is grim. Many children now have as a yard to play in the rubble left by the current.
This is the site where the confluence of the two rivers is found.
This is what remains of the Catholic Church, all around it were washed away by the current of water.