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25 Jul 2008 description


Three days of heavy rains in Guatemalacaused flooding and landslides in the province of Zacapa. The m unicipalityof La Unionis the most heavily affected.

To date, there are 20 confirmed deaths in Zacapa and 2 in Guatemala City. There are currently 3,368 persons in shelters, a number that is expected to increase.

The National Coordinator for the Reduction of Disasters (CONRED) has partially activated the Emergency Operations Center. An evaluation of probable areas for landslides is underway, and urban areas of Zacapa are being evacuated.