More than 260 000 affected as heavy rains hit Guatemala


At least five people have lost their lives and a total of 266 408 have been affected in Guatemala since the rainy season began in May, according to the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED). The latest fatalities were in Solola Department, where three people lost their lives in flash floods on Saturday, June 12.

According to CONRED, 368 houses have been slightly damaged, 768 moderately, and 34 severely, while 39 roads have been affected. 

Five people have lost their lives so far this rainy season, with the latest fatalities coming from Solola Department.

On Saturday, heavy rainfall caused the Quiba River to break its banks, flooding the village of Guineales, Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan.

Around 30 houses were severely damaged, while 85 people have been transferred to safer grounds. Three people, two of whom were children, were swept away by the current.

The Red Cross said they were working to accommodate around 10 000 residents who have been displaced in the village.

In Amatitlan, a mudslide blocked a road on June 12, disrupting the travel of thousands of motorists. On the same day, 25 people have been displaced after flooding damaged buildings in San Cristobal Verapaz.

Featured image credit: CONRED


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