Appeal: Guatemala Tropical Storm Agatha - GTM101


Appeal Target: US$ 881,087

Balance requested: US$ 667,210

Geneva, 20 July 2010

Dear Colleagues,

On 29 May 2010, a low pressure system developed into a tropical storm over Central America, spanning the area from Guatemala to Nicaragua. Since then, according to reports on 3 June 2010 the storm has killed at least 174 people in Guatemala, 113 people were missing and 147 people wounded. El Salvador and Honduras have declared red alerts. In Guatemala, the Government has declared a State of Public Calamity.

The National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED), in Guatemala, reports that the areas worst affected are: Central Meseta, Chimaltenango and Sacatepéquez. In the Pacific region, the impact has been felt in Escuintla, Suchitepéquez and Retalhuleu. In the North West, the impact has been felt in San Marcos, Sololá, Huehuetenango, Quetzaltenango, Quiché and Alta Verapaz. CONRED estimated that 27,112 people experienced material losses, and 162,857 people were evacuated, of whom 27,828 people were in temporary shelters. A total of 22,139 houses were reported damaged.

ACT members in Guatemala have started responding to the emergency by participating in cleaning activities at community level, support to shelters and evacuation of populations at risk. Members sent a team to assess damage to the affected areas and the needs of the people and the ACT Secretariat has issued a preliminary Appeal on 14 June 2010.

The ACT requesting member "Conference of Evangelical Churches of Guatemala" (CIEDEG) plans to assist 2,000 families in 41 communities with food supply, hygiene kits and water filters. CIEDEG will be assisted by other ACT members of the ACT Forum Guatemala, NCA, DCA, Christian Aid. The work will be implemented though a network of local partners. ACT members have already contributed US$ 213,877 towards this Appeal and with this full version we are hoping to receive the balance of US$ 667,210