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Promoting proactive disaster risk management and providing liquidity in case of emergencies

Report
World Bank

The case of Guatemala

The Development Policy Loan with a Catastrophe Deferred Drawdown Option (CAT DDO) helped Guatemala – one of the most vulnerable countries in the world – to better cope with the impacts of the eruption of Volcano Pacaya and tropical storm Agatha in 2010. At the same time, it supported the Government in strengthening its institutional capacity for disaster risk assessment, reduction, monitoring and forecasting.

Challenge

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Guatemala + 1 other
Cooperation: Guatemala, beyond the emergency

The newly published “Mas alla de la emergencia/Oltre l’emergenza”, by Annalisa Vandelli, is a thorough overview of the Italian Cooperation’s activities in Guatemala, and was part of the Emergency Programme “Ran Guatemala” funded in 2010 by the Italian Cooperation following devastating rains that crippled the country at the time.

The bilingual (Italian/Spanish) book, launched in July at the Italian Cultural Institute, is a skillful illustration of the excellent work by the Emergency Programme and will enjoy broad distribution in both Guatemala and Italy.

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Capitalising on Natural Disasters in Guatemala

By Danilo Valladares

GUATEMALA CITY, Sep 3 2012 (IPS) - In a country as vulnerable to natural disasters as Guatemala, a “state of public calamity” is frequently declared – to the joy of contractors, which find a good opportunity to line their pockets.

Tourists visiting this mountainous Central American country for its natural, archaeological, and ethnic attractions are inevitably surprised to come across a brand-new mountain road destroyed every few kilometres by rockslides and mudslides, and rebuilt in short order.

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Guatemala: Annual report - MAAGT002

In brief
Programme outcome
This annual report updates the achievements made to implement the 2011 Country Support Plan for the Guatemalan Red Cross (GRC). The Guatemalan Red Cross’ work during the past year was guided by the Guayaquil Inter-American Plan and the Strategy 2020, which puts forward three strategic aims: 1. Save lives, protect livelihoods, and strengthen recovery from disaster and crises.
2. Enable healthy and safe living.
3. Promote social inclusion and a culture of non-violence and peace.

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Tropical Storm Agatha, Final Report MDRGT002

Period covered by this Final Report: 01 June 2010 to 31 May 2011.

Appeal target: 1,286,382 Swiss francs to support 1,500 families for 12 months

Appeal coverage: 103%

Appeal history:

· On 31 May 2010, 172,274 Swiss francs were allocated from the International Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Guatemalan Red Cross (GRC) to initiate the response and deliver immediate humanitarian relief.

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Colombia + 12 others
Panorama de la Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional en América Latina y el Caribe 2011

Altos precios de los alimentos: oportunidades y riesgos

Mensajes Principales

  • Los precios de los alimentos se encuentran en un nuevo nivel, más alto que el histórico, y presentan una mayor volatilidad que la registrada en los últimos 30 años.

  • El nuevo nivel de precios de los alimentos y la persistencia de la volatilidad ponen en riesgo los avances en la erradicación del hambre y de la desnutrición infantil en la región.

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Tropical Storm Agatha, Preliminary Final Report MDRGT002

Period covered by this Preliminary Final Report: 01 June 2010 to 31 May 2011.

Appeal target: 1,286,382 Swiss francs to support 1,500 families for 12 months

Appeal coverage: 103%

Appeal history:

· On 31 May 2010, 172,274 Swiss francs were allocated from the International Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Guatemalan Red Cross (GRC) to initiate the response and deliver immediate humanitarian relief.

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Guatemala + 1 other
Cooperation in Guatemala rebuilding homes

28 February 2012

Through the ItalianCooperation’s “Ran Guatemala” emergency relief programme, the Embassy of Italy in Guatemala City on 24 February officially delivered 8 homes rebuilt in safe places following the disaster caused in 2010 by hurricane Agatha. The programme is funding 12 projects aimed at reducing the exposure to food, nutritional and environmental insecurity of the weakest segments of the Guatemalan society (women and children first), and those most affected by the malnutrition and devastation caused by that last two rainy seasons (2010-2011).

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Guatemala + 1 other
El Programa de Emergencia “Ran Guatemala” de la Cooperación Italiana hizo entrega de ocho casas nuevas a igual numero de familias afectadas por la tormenta tropical Agatha (2010) en la comunidad de Parraxquim – municipio de Nahualá

La Embajada de Italia en Guatemala, a través del Programa de Emergencia “RAN Guatemala”, ha llevado a cabo la construcción de ocho casas que fueron entregadas el viernes 24 de febrero a familias afectadas por la TT Agatha.

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Evaluación de los impactos económicos, sociales y ambientales, y estimación de necesidades a causa de la erupción del volcán Pacaya y la tormenta tropical Agatha, mayo-septiembre de 2010

RESUMEN

Los efectos acumulados de todos los eventos asociados tanto a la erupción del volcán Pacaya como de la tormenta tropical Ágatha ocurridos inmediatamente después de la erupción, los incidentes de deslizamientos, inundaciones y destrucción asociada a eventos de lluvias extraordinarias y las tormentas y depresiones tropicales ocurridas entre mayo y septiembre se han consolidado en este informe a pedido del Gobierno de Guatemala con la asesoría de la Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL), del Banco Mundial y del Sistema de Naciones Unidas.

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Apoyo para asegurar cobertura educativa para 2.8 millones de niños y servicios de salud

Report
World Bank

Comunicado de prensa Nº:2012/001/GT

Entra en vigencia préstamo de US$100 millones para preservar los servicios sociales en Guatemala

SAN SALVADOR, 16 de DICIEMBRE, 2011 – El Banco Mundial y el Gobierno de Guatemala firmaron hoy el acuerdo para la entrada en vigencia de un préstamo de emergencia de US$100 millones para ayudar a preservar los servicios de salud y educación, luego de los desastres naturales que han afectado al país en los últimos dos años.

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Supervisan construcción de viviendas

A más de un año del paso de la tormenta Agatha, que dejó 395 mil 291 personas afectadas en todo el país, se supervisa la construcción de viviendas para afectados en la comunidad Santa Ana Sheffer Paxan de San Lucas Tolimán, Sololá.

“No voy a olvidad las imágenes de San Lucas Tolimán durante la emergencia de Agatha”, dijo Álvaro Colom, reiterando que el proyecto cuenta por el momento con 107 viviendas construidas, equivalente a un 90% de los trabajos que iniciaron hace 20 días.

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Apreciación del Impacto de la Depresión Tropical 12-E, en la Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional del Paìs

  1. ANTECEDENTES DE LA SEGURIDAD ALIMENTARIA Y NUTRICIONAL DEL PAÍS PREVIOS A LA DEPRESIÒN TROPICAL 12-E 1.1

SEQUÍA DEL AÑO 2009

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Floods: Emergency appeal n° MDRSV002 - Final report

Period covered by this Final Report: 12 November 2009 to 31 December 2010.

Appeal target: CHF 1,680,178.

Appeal coverage: 92%;

Appeal history:

  • Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 182,501 were allocated from the IFRC’s DREF to support the Salvadoran Red Cross Society (SRCS) to respond to the floods.

  • An Emergency Appeal was launched on 16 November 2009 for CHF 1,701,194 – including CHF 173,262 for Shelter Cluster coordination – for 9 months to assist 10,000 people.

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Guatemala Appeal No. MAAGT002 - Mid-Year Report

This report covers the period 01 January 2011 to 30 June 2011

Programme outcome: This report updates the progress taken to implement the 2011 country support plan for the Guatemalan Red Cross (GRC).

The Guatemalan Red Cross work is guided by the Guayaquil Inter-American Plan and the Strategy 2020, which puts forward three strategic aims:

  1. Save lives, protect livelihoods, and strengthen recovery from disaster and crises.

  2. Enable healthy and safe living.

  3. Promote social inclusion and a culture of non-violence and peace.

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Sistemas de riego benefician a pobladores de Sololá

//Por. Douglas Gámez//

Nuevos proyectos de Mini Riego y una unidad de riego ayudarán a la población en el cultivo de hortalizas, destruidos el año pasado durante la tormenta tropical Agatha.

El proyecto fue supervisado por el presidente Álvaro Colom en la aldea Panca de la cabecera departamental de Sololá, el proyecto es auspiciado por el Ministerio de Agricultura a través del Departamento de Riesgo.

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“Maize is too expensive and I don't have a job”

Guatemala - In 2010, Tropical Storm Agatha brought sadness and despair to the community of El Cerro, in Quetzaltenango, at 275 kilometers from the capital city. The Perez family is still recovering, but the changes in the climate and high food prices remind us that food security remains fragile

"I will never forget this date, 29 May 2010, when storm Agatha hit our community," said 40-year-old Ricarda Gabriela Perez. "We thought we would not live to tell about it ..." she said. Three days of uninterrupted torrential rains destroyed her home, her crops and her food reserves.