Guatemala

Guatemala Earthquake Sep 1991 UNDRO Information Reports 1 - 5

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UNDRO 91/1419

GUATEMALA - EARTHQUAKE
UNDRO INFORMATION REPORT NO. 1
19 SEPTEMBER 1991

1. EARTHQUAKE OF MAGNITUDE 5.3 RICHTER WHICH STRUCK AREA ABOUT 60-100 KMS SOUTHWEST OF GUATEMALA CITY AT 3.48 A.M. LOCAL TIME (9.48 A.M. GMT) ON 18 SEPTEMBER, BEING FOLLOWED BY SEVERAL AFTERSHOCKS.

2. UNDRO SENIOR OFFICER IN GUATEMALA CITY, ASSISTING GOVERNMENTAL EMERGENCY COMMITTEE AND UN RESIDENT CO-ORDINATOR IN ASSESSMENT OF DAMAGE AND NEEDS. AT LEAST 50 PERCENT OF POOR ADOBE HOUSES IN RURAL TOWNS AND VILLAGES COLLAPSED OR SERIOUSLY DAMAGED. SAN MIGUEL DE POCHUTA IN CHIMALTENANGO PROVINCE MOST AFFECTED.

3. ROADS LINKING CAPITAL WITH AFFECTED AREA BLOCKED BY LANDSLIDES, HAMPERING ASSESSMENT AND RESCUE EFFORTS. ACCORDING TO PRELIMINARY RADIO REPORTS, 14 PEOPLE DIED AND 90 WERE INJURED.

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UNDRO TELEPHONE NO: +41-22-731.02.11
UNDRO EMERGENCY TEL.NO. (OUTSIDE WORKING HOURS): +41-22-733.20.10
UNDRO DESK OFFICER: FABRIZIO GENTILONI, EXT: 3512
UNDRO TELEX: 414242 DRO CH
UNDRO FAX: +41-22-733.56.23
UNDRO ELECTRONIC MAIL: UNIENET ID UNX008

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UNDRO 91/1426

GUATEMALA - EARTHQUAKE
UNDRO INFORMATION REPORT NO. 2
20 SEPTEMBER 1991

1. UNDRO FIELD DELEGATE/UN RESIDENT CO-ORDINATOR REPORT THAT AT LEAST 16 AFTERSHOCKS HAVE BEEN REGISTERED SINCE EARTHQUAKE OF 18 SEPT, EPICENTRE OF WHICH LOCATED AT ESCUINTLA (SOME 100 KMS SW OF GUATEMALA CITY).

2. VILLAGE OF SAN MIGUEL DE POCHUTA 85 PERCENT DESTROYED, WITH EIGHT DEATHS AND 60 INJURED. OTHER LOCALITIES AFFECTED: FINCA SAN BERNARDINO: 6 INJURED, CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE. FINCA SAN JORGE: TWO DEATHS, 14 INJURED. ALDEA LAS CANOAS (SOLOLA DEPT):

TWO DEATHS. SANTO TOMAS PERDIDO VILLAGE: TWO DEATHS, TEN INJURED, 65 HOUSES DESTROYED/DAMAGED.

3. NATIONAL EMERGENCY COMMITTEE AND ARMY CLEARING ROADS AND ASSISTING COMMUNITIES. IMMEDIATE NEED IS FOR CORRUGATED IRON PLATES AND SHELTER MATERIALS.

4. NO INTERNATIONAL APPEAL ISSUED.

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UNDRO TELEPHONE NO: +41-22-731.02.11
UNDRO EMERGENCY TEL.NO. (OUTSIDE WORKING HOURS): +41-22-733.20.10
UNDRO DESK OFFICER: FABRIZIO GENTILONI, EXT: 3512
UNDRO TELEX: 414242 DRO CH
UNDRO FAX: +41-22-733.56.23
UNDRO ELECTRONIC MAIL: UNIENET ID UNX008

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UNDRO 91/1444

GUATEMALA - EARTHQUAKE
UNDRO INFORMATION REPORT NO. 3
27 SEPTEMBER 1991

1. LANDSLIDES AND FLOODING (EL JIOTE AND MADRE VIEJA RIVERS) DUE TO HEAVY RAINS CONTINUE TO BLOCK ACCESS TO MANY OF THE COMMUNITIES HIT BY EARTHQUAKE OF 18 SEPT, INCLUDING POCHUTA AND SURROUNDING VILLAGES. 68 AFTERSHOCKS REGISTERED TODATE.

2. AFFECTED POPULATION ESTIMATED AT 23,800, RECEIVING ASSISTANCE BY NATIONAL EMERGENCY COMMISSION (CONE) AND GUATEMALAN REDCROSS. EVACUEES SHELTERED IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS (INCLUDING SCHOOLS) AND CAMPS. MAIZE, BEANS AND RICE DISTRIBUTED. ELECTRICITY SUPPLIED BY GENERATOR, WATER AND SEWAGE SYSTEMS NOW OPERATING AT HALF CAPACITY.

3. ONUCA HELICOPTERS FLYING MEDICAL SUPLIES/PERSONNEL AND FOOD. GERMANY GRANTED USD 40,733, EEC-FUNDED MSF CONTRIBUTING TO RELIEF EFFORTS.

4. ASSESSMENTS OF DAMAGE AND NEEDS STILL UNDERWAY BY UNDRO/UNDP, WFP AND CENTRAL AMERICAN INTEGRATION BANK. NATIONAL RECONSTRUCTION COMMITTEE STARTED CENSUS OF AFFECTED POPULATION AND DESIGNING RECONSTRUCTION STRATEGY.

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UNDRO TELEPHONE NO: +41-22-731.02.11
UNDRO EMERGENCY TEL.NO. (OUTSIDE WORKING HOURS): +41-22-733.20.10
UNDRO DESK OFFICER: FABRIZIO GENTILONI, EXT: 3512
UNDRO TELEX: 414242 DRO CH
UNDRO FAX: +41-22-733.56.23
UNDRO ELECTRONIC MAIL: UNIENET ID UNX008

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UNDRO 91/1479

GUATEMALA - EARTHQUAKE
UNDRO INFORMATION REPORT NO. 4
4 OCTOBER 1991

SITUATION

1. RELIEF CONTINUES TO BE PROVIDED TO VICTIMS UNDER GENERAL CO-ORDINATION NATIONAL EMERGENCY COMMITTEE (CONE). AS WATER SYSTEM DESTROYED, CONE SUPPLYING DRINKING WATER IN LIMITED AMOUNTS. BASIC FOOD, INCLUDING ITALIAN DONATION THROUGH WFP, BEING BROUGHT INTO DISASTER AREA. WITH ONUCA'S HELP, HELICOPTERS TRANSPORTING FOOD TO ISOLATED AREAS.

2. RISK OF FLOODS/LANDSLIDES STILL PREVALENT DUE TO NATURAL DAMMING OF EL JIOTE AND PICHIYA RIVERS. DISENCUMBERING BY COMMUNITIES THEMSELVES FORESEEN IN FIRST HALF OF OCTOBER, WEATHER PERMITTING.

3. UPDATED DATA ON DISASTER: FOUR DEPARTMENTS AFFECTED:

ESCUINTLA (SANTA LUCIA COTZUMALGUAPA), CHIMALTENANGO (FOUR MUNICIPALITIES), SOLOLA (SAN LUCAS TOLIMAN) AND SACATEPEQUEZ (ALDEA LAS CANOAS). IN POCHUTA AREA, 43 PERCENT HOUSES DESTROYED, 31 PERCENT DAMAGED. ACCESS BRIDGE TO POCHUTA STRUCTURALLY DAMAGED. CENSUS MADE SO FAR OF 1,312 AFFECTED FAMILIES IN POCHUTA AND SURROUNDINGS.

REQUEST FOR U.N. ASSISTANCE

4. GOVT PRESENTED REQUEST FOR UN ASSISTANCE AMOUNTING TO USD 4.5 MILLION FOR REHABILITATION/RECONSTRUCTION. MAIN REQUIREMENTS INDICATED BY GOVERNMENT ARE FOR REHABILITATION ROADS AND BRIDGES (USD 2.2 MILLION) AND HOUSING (USD 1.8 MILLION). OTHER REQUIREMENTS ARE IN THE FIELDS OF COMMUNICATIONS, ELECTRICITY, WATER AND SANITATION. LIST AVAILABLE WITH UNDRO. UNICEF INITIATING ASSESSMENT OF WATER NEEDS AND WFP IN CONTACT WITH CONE ON EMERGENCY FOOD AID/FOOD FOR WORK. WHILE NO INTERNATIONAL APPEAL WAS MADE, COMPETENT UN AGENCIES ARE URGED TO RESPOND FAVOURABLY TO THIS REQUEST.

5. CONTRIBUTIONS REPORTED TO UNDRO SO FAR SINCE BEGINNING (UPDATE OF INFO REPORT NO.3): IN ADDITION TO ITALY (SEE PARA.1, ABOVE), GERMAN GOVT (THROUGH EMBASSY) EMBASSY): USD 41,666: EEC (CASH THROUGH LICROSS AND MSF-FRANCE) : USD 243,905.

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UNDRO TELEPHONE NO: +41-22-731.02.11
UNDRO EMERGENCY TEL.NO. (OUTSIDE WORKING HOURS): +41-22-733.20.10
UNDRO DESK OFFICER: FABRIZIO GENTILONI, EXT: 3512
UNDRO TELEX: 414242 DRO CH
UNDRO FAX: +41-22-733.56.23
UNDRO ELECTRONIC MAIL: UNIENET ID UNX008

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UNDRO 91/1549

GUATEMALA - EARTHQUAKE
UNDRO INFORMATION REPORT NO. 5
10 OCTOBER 1991

1. REHABILITATION PHASE IN POCHUTA AREA UNDERWAY. FOCUS ON REHABILITATION WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM (UNICEF) AND ON EPIDEMIOLOGIC SURVEILLANCE IN PROVISIONAL SHELTERS. AREA VISITED BY WHO/PAHO REGIONAL OFFICER WHO ASCERTAINED MEDICAL SUPPLY ADEQUATE. HOWEVER, 500 PEOPLE SHELTERED ON RIVER BANK STILL THREATENED BY FLOODS/LANDSLIDES.

2. WFP CONSIDERING FOOD AID TO VILLAGE OF PATZUN, WHERE SOME 200 AFFECTED PEOPLE FROM NEARBY FARMLANDS FOUND REFUGE.

3. UPDATED LIST OF REHABILITATION/RECONSTRUCTION NEEDS AVAILABLE WITH UNDRO.

4. THIS IS THE LAST UNDRO INFO REPORT ON THIS EMERGENCY, UNLESS UNFORESEEN DEVELOPMENTS ARISE.

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UNDRO TELEPHONE NO: +41-22-731.02.11
UNDRO EMERGENCY TEL.NO. (OUTSIDE WORKING HOURS): +41-22-733.20.10
UNDRO DESK OFFICER: FABRIZIO GENTILONI, EXT: 3512
UNDRO TELEX: 414242 DRO CH
UNDRO FAX: +41-22-733.56.23
UNDRO ELECTRONIC MAIL: UNIENET ID UNX008

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