The GRC continues with their response efforts after the severe flooding and landslides that occurred in October due to Tropical Storm 12-E. As more than 500,000 persons were affected across the country, of which 82,913 were severely affected, the Guatemalan government issued a State of Public Calamity on 16 October. In its auxiliary role to the government, the National Society drew up a plan of action to assist 1,500 families with the support of the current Emergency Appeal.
Thus far, the GRC has reached 778 families (3,702 persons) with food and non-food relief items, 52 per cent of the overall target of 1,500 families. Through December, the National Society will also distribute mosquito nets and reach an additional 722 families with these items. The National Society’s efforts to reduce health risks also include giving priority to vector-control activities. Therefore, in addition to providing information on the use and care of mosquito nets, volunteers will complete community trainings on the prevention of dengue outbreaks using the Epidemic Control for Volunteers (ECV) toolkit. Moreover, the GRC also prioritized the cleaning of 244 wells in the Coatepeque municipality. This activity, targeting 296 families, will be complemented with an information campaign on hygiene and sanitation.