Flooding and Landslides Affect Thousands in Guatemala

ACAPS, The independent specialists in humanitarian needs, analysis and assessment, (Assessment Capacities Project) reported this week on the humanitarian crisis that is continuing to affect thousands in Guatemala.

Within the last week (29.8.2019), heavy rains have caused flooding and landslides across 9 departments of Guatemala.

The National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) estimates that over 60,000 people have been affected, including 62 who have been evacuated.

Further damages to roads, bridges, and homes have been recorded.

Simultaneously, Guatemala is experiencing an outbreak of Dengue, which could be intensified by the increase in standing water from the floods.

As of August 13, over 12,000 cases of Dengue were confirmed across Guatemala, including within the 9 departments most heavily affected by the flooding: Alta Verapaz, Chimaltenango, Guatemala, Sacatepéquez, San Marcos, Santa Rosa, Sololá, Suchitepéquez and Zacapa.

Within the last 24 hours CONRED has placed 12 out of 22 departments on alert due to ongoing rain, including Guatemala which has a population of over 3.4 million.

Since the beginning of the rainy season in May, more than 365,000 people have been affected by flooding across the country including over 2,200 evacuees.

The rainy season typically lasts until November, which could result in further flooding and damages

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