This Emergency Appeal seeks 786,728 Swiss francs in cash, kind, or services to support the Guatemalan Red Cross (GRC) to assist 1,500 families for 9 months, and will be completed by the end of July 2012. A Final Report will be made available by October 2012, three months after the end of the operation.
240,190 Swiss francs were allocated from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support this operation. Unearmarked funds to replenish DREF are encouraged.
As Tropical Depression 12-E moved inland near the Mexican / Guatemalan border, severe precipitations fell across Central America, affecting more than 500,000 persons in Guatemala. With some 21,000 persons in collective centres and 28,000 in risk-prone areas, the Guatemalan government declared a State of Public Calamity. Given the situation, this Emergency Appeal responds to the request of the Guatemalan Red Cross which will provide assistance to 1,500 families in the sectors of relief distributions, emergency health, water and sanitation, and early recovery.