Guatemala: Floods - Oct 2007
Most read reports
- FAO: Impact of main natural disasters on food production in Latin America and the Caribbean (2006-2007). 30 Oct 2007
- WFP: WFP's Operational Requirements, Shortfalls and Priorities for 2007 - 15 Oct 2007. 15 Oct 2007
- WFP: Intense rain and flooding damages in Pacific Coast of Guatemala. 22 Oct 2007
- WFP: Guatemala: Más de mil familias recibirán asistencia alimentaria en Ocós, San Marcos. 23 Oct 2007
- FEWS NET: Central America weather hazards and benefits assessment for 04 - 10 Oct 2007. 4 Oct 2007
Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS)
Since the end of 2006, several natural disasters have affected food and cash crop production in Latin America and the Caribbean. Their impact on rural development and food security has been varied.
NAIROBI, Oct 25, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Seven major international organizations including the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) on Thursday announced a multimillion-dollar partnership to address declining supplies of fresh water and the lack of access to clean water by the world's poorest people.
1) During the second dekad of October heavy rains in Huehuetenango and San Marcos in Guatemala caused landslides, flooding, and strong ocean surges along the southern Pacific coast. Those conditions persisted during the last observation period due to the continuance of rains in the region. In Huehuetenango roads that lead to aide accessibility in Chiapas, Mexico are now impassible.
2) In eastern El Salvador heavy rains have led to saturated soil conditions and now have the potential to further impact crops that were partially damaged by heavy rains during the second dekad of October.
Guatemala.- Como consecuencia de la depresión tropical, que afectó el territorio nacional desde el inicio del mes de Octubre, fuertes lluvias han azotado el altiplano occidental y la costa sur del país, originando desbordamientos principalmente de los ríos Suchiate y El Naranjo, provocando inundaciones y afectando las cosechas en esta zona.
Las familias que habitan en las orillas de éstos ríos fueron evacuadas y trasladadas a albergues temporales en donde recibieron asistencia de CONRED y MAGA con el apoyo logístico de instituciones como CARITAS y la Cruz Roja Guatemalteca.
- Monday, October 22, 2007
Heavy rains have also caused damage to SOS Children's Village facilities, with SOS Children's Village Rivas in Nicaragua hit hardest.
Persistent rains in parts of Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Nicaragua resulted in flooding. SOS Children's Village Rivas in Nicaragua, which had just been completed, was completely flooded. The four families already living at the new village were temporarily moved to the facilities of the social organisation "Our Small Brothers" in San Jorge, four kilometres away from Rivas.
1) During the last period the heaviest rainfall totals were concentrated around the Gulf of Fonseca impacting much of eastern El Salavador, southern Honduras and northwestern Nicaragua. Constant rains for nearly 2 days lead to flooding, deaths, lost infrastructure, and displacement. In El Salvador and Honduras there were some crop losses also.
Part I: Operational Requirements and Shortfalls
Overview of the 2007 Programme of Work
As the end of 2007 nears, the number of people the World Food Programme is seeking to support has risen to 83 million. The amount of food assistance required to assist these people is valued at US$3.4 billion. Considering resources mobilized thus far in 2007, the current level of funding falls short by some US$653 million.
Additional resources amounting to approximately US$800 million are required before the end of 2007 to ensure uninterrupted food aid deliveries for ongoing activities.
1.) There were widespread Primera season drought losses in the Choluteca and Valle departments of Honduras. Recent rainfall has brought significant improvement to the region.
2.) Honduras and Nicaragua continue their post-Hurricane Felix clean-up which hit the region during the first week of September. The storm caused significant damage to Postrera crops and recent rains have led to flooding preventing the replanting of crops.
3.) Heavy rains continued in the mountainous regions of Guatemala, but lessened some in the north. Many were already suffering from flooding and landslides.