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Guatemala: Floods and Landslides - Aug 2019

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Heavy rainfall with thunderstorms continues to affect several parts of Guatemala since the last week causing floods and triggering landslides. An Orange alert warning has been declared in the Departments of Escuintla y Suchitepéquez. According to the National Coordination for Disaster Reduction (CONRED), as of 23 August, one person has died, 104 have been injured, 62 evacuated and one is still missing. At least 63,349 people have been affected, 104 houses have been damaged, seven roads flooded and two bridges partially destroyed. The national response system (CONRED) is activated and responding. (ECHO, 23 Aug 2019)

On 27 September 2019, the Guatemala National Coordinator for the Reduction of Disasters (CONRED), reported heavy rain and landslides in the past 24 hours affecting the following departments: Baja Verapaz, Santa Rosa, Quetzaltenango y San Marcos. A total of 5,000 people, 3 main highways, and an educational institution were affected due to landslides. (PAHO, 27 Sep 2019)

On 5 November 2019, the Guatemala National Coordination for the Reduction of Disasters (CONRED) updated its rainy and hurricane season report to date. A total of 1,285,087 persons have been affected due to heavy rain (an increase of 65,420 people from the last report on 26 October). In addition, 4,338 persons were injured, 4,961 people were evacuated, and 1,472 people were in shelters. To date, 12 deaths were reported due to the severe weather. With regard to infrastructure, 1,498 homes were slightly damaged, and 2,557 homes were moderately damaged. (PAHO, 8 Nov 2019)

On 18 December 2019, the National Coordinator for the Reduction of Disasters (CONRED), reported strong winds (50-60 KPH) and heavy rain affecting the Norte Region, Franja Transversal del Norte, and the Caribbean region of Guatemala. In La Libertad Municipality, El Petén Department, floods affected 100 people and 20 homes. In addition, to date, a decrease in temperatures affected 1,758 people in Guatemala and 360 people in Quiché departments. 309 people were evacuated from Jalapa Department, 308 people from Huehuetenango, and 116 people from Sololá departments. (PAHO, 19 Dec 2019)