“The house fell on top of them,” she said. “We ran down to see. This has been tough for us.”
In the other slide in Panchimalco, two people were rescued and taken to a hospital where they died.
Authorities declared an alert in 29 coastal municipalities and for all municipalities in the department of San Miguel in the east of the country. They told residents to heed calls to evacuate areas if told.
"We have reached a time of the winter when the level of moisture saturation in the soil tends to generate this type of phenomena,” Amaya said.
The Environment Ministry warned of a high likelihood of urban flooding, rivers overtopping their banks and the swamping of agricultural land.