Guatemala: Floods and Landslides - Apr 2021


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Heavy rain has been affecting central Guatemala (in particular Quiché Department) since 18 April, causing rivers overflow (particularly La Taña River), floods and landslides that have resulted in evacuations and damage. Media report, as of 26 April, 2,245 evacuated people and 265 damaged houses across Uspantán and Chicamán Municipalities (Quiché Department), due to at least six landslides and a number of floods-related incidents. A number of roads were also reported damaged in the above mentioned Department and across Sacatepéquez Department. (ECHO, 26 Apr 2021)

On 29-30 May, flooding and landslides triggered by heavy rain were registered across several Departments of central and southern Guatemala, as reported by the National Coordination for Disaster Reduction of Guatemala (CONRED). More than 5,000 people have been affected and 65 others evacuated across Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, Huehuetenango and Totonicapán Departments. In Guatemala Department, 20 individuals have been displaced, after 31 houses were damaged by floodwaters. One landslide event caused damage to at least seven houses in Huehuetenango, whilst another landslide in Quetzaltenango has damaged a road, affecting local transportation. Light to moderate rain with thunderstorms is forecast over most of Guatemala on 31 May - 1 June. (ECHO, 31 May 2021)

Heavy rain has affected five Departments of Guatemala (Santa Rosa, Huehuetenango, San Marcos, Suchitepéquez and Jalapa) over the past few days, causing floods, triggering landslides and resulting in casualties and damage. According to [CONRED], 17 people have been evacuated and nine houses damaged. In the Department of Huehuetenango, a landslide blocked the CA-01 road that every day is crossed by approximately 4,000 people. For the next 24 hours, moderate to heavy rain is expected over the central and southern Departments. (ECHO, 9 Jun 2021)

Heavy rain and strong winds continue to affect most of Guatemala over the past few days, causing floods, triggering landslides and resulting in casualties and damage. The most affected Departments are Alta Verapaz, Chiquimula, Huehuetenango, Izabal, Jalapa, Jutiapa, Quetzaltenango, Quiché, San Marcos, Suchitepéquez and Zacapa. According to [CONRED] and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), 189 people have been evacuated, 96,370 affected and more than 90 houses damaged. For the next 24 hours, moderate to heavy rain with thunderstorms is forecast over most parts of the country. (ECHO, 24 Jun 2021)

[CONRED] and WHO PAHO report, as of 6 July, two fatalities, seven injured people, 5,106 evacuated people (of which 343 in temporary shelters) and a total amount of 587,868 affected people across the country. In addition, the same sources report 1,487 damaged houses (of which 59 severely damaged), 88 damaged roads (of which two destroyed) and 14 damaged bridges (of which three destroyed). National response is carried out by CONRED, that have assisted 8,104 people, as of 5 July. (ECHO, 9 Jul 2021)

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