Geneva, 18 October 2001
On 8 October Hurricane Iris reached Guatemalan territory, after causing major destruction and loss of life in Belize. As it struck the mainland its destructive force diminished considerably, but the damages caused to the South of Petén department, specifically in the municipalities of Poptún, San Luis and Sayaxche, were disastrous. Hurricane Iris seriously damaged houses, communal infrastructure and crops as well as cutting the electric power, radio and telephone services. The hospital in Poptún lost parts of its roof, although it was able to continue functioning.
The damage caused by Hurricane Iris was largely due to the devastating winds and the storm surge. The rainfall was only 3-4 inches but caused flooding in localized areas. In spite of the hurricane intensity, the loss of life was low - 5 persons, while less than 100 were injured. It is estimated that approximately 27,500 persons were directly affected and will be at risk for adverse health conditions in Peten.
ACT member, LWF/DWS Petén office, is proposing to support the affected population in the Petén region of Guatemala, providing:
- Food supplies
Summary of Appeal Targets, Pledges/Contributions Received and Balance Requested
Total Appeal Target(s)
Less: Pledges/Contr. Recd. 0
Balance Requested from ACT Network US$246,239
Please kindly send your contributions to the following ACT bank account:
Account Number - 102539/0.01.061 (USD)
Account Name: ACT - Action by Churches Together
Banque Edouard Constant
Cours de Rive 11
Case postale 3754
1211 Genève 3
Please also inform the Finance Officer Jessie Kgoroeadira (direct tel. +4122/791.60.38, e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org) of all pledges/contributions and transfers, including funds sent direct to the implementers, now that the Pledge Form is no longer attached to the Appeal.
We would appreciate being informed of any intent to submit applications for EU, USAID and/or other back donor funding and the subsequent results. We thank you in advance for your kind cooperation.
Ms. Geneviève Jacques
WCC/Cluster on Relations
Rev. Rudolf Hinz
ACT Web Site address: http://www.act-intl.org
ACT is a worldwide network of churches and related agencies meeting human need through coordinated emergency response.
The ACT Coordinating Office is based with the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in Switzerland.
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