A 26-year-old woman was killed by lightning and a 3-year-old boy drowned due to the severe thunderstorms that hit El Salvador in the past few days, officials said.

Marta Alicia Tadeo died when she was struck by lightning on Tuesday outside her house in a rural area near Nahuizalco, a city in the western province of Sonsonate, police and emergency management office spokesmen said.

Bryan Alvarado, meanwhile, drowned after falling into a rain-filled ravine in Chinameca, a city in the eastern province of San Miguel, officials told reporters.

The heavy rains that have pounded El Salvador over the past few days are normal for this time of year, officials said. EFE