Guatemala: Floods and Mudslides OCHA Situation Report No. 6

Ref: 2005/0197
OCHA Situation Report No. 6
Floods and Mudslides - Guatemala
31 October 2005

This Situation Report is based on information provided by the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Guatemala and CONRED (National Commission for Disaster Reduction).


1. The situation of floods, landslides, and river overflows caused by the Tropical Storm Stan continues, keeping 31,971 persons in emergency shelters.

2. Based on information by CONRED, the latest figures of impact as of 28 October are as follows:

Dead persons
Missing persons
Wounded persons
Affected persons
Sheltered persons
Affected and destroyed dwellings
Habilitated shelters

3. The priority needs in help/assistance as communicated are as follows:

- Food (grains, corn, beans, rice, etc.)

- Health equipment and medicines

- Equipments and materials for safe water supply (potable and distribution)

- Machinery and heavy equipment for road cleanup and repair

National Response

4. The Government has presented a Reconstruction Plan to the international cooperation community, informing that assigned recourses for emergency will last until 7 November, awaiting the promulgation of the Framework Law on Reconstruction.

International Response

5. USAID has notified that logistic support to air transport concluded on 25 October.

6. UN agencies, funds and programmes have received approximately US$ 16,500,000 as of 28 October through the Flash Appeal.


7. UNICEF is working with various partners in favour of unaccompanied children and children separated from their families.

8. Coordination is initiated with CRS for protection measures in 100 family shelters, which may be constructed in San Marcos. Coordination is also underway with UNFPA for prevention of violence against women in shelters.

9. A plan of action for psychosocial support has been elaborated and revised and actions are initiated with the Ministry of Education to work with children in both shelters and communities.

10. A Nutrition Vigilance Plan has been concluded and approved by the Ministry of Health.


11. WFP will provide food assistance to 285,000 beneficiaries in the hardest hit departments. Phase I (months 1-3) will reach 285,000 beneficiaries, while during phase II (months 4-6) beneficiaries will drop to 180,000 people, as it is expected that those depending on fishing and wage labour for their livelihood will have regained basic food security.

12. In order to implement this operation as foreseen, the WFP portion of the Flash Appeal will have to be increased from US $ 6.9 million to US $ 14.1 million.

13. WFP also continues to provide food assistance within the framework of a Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation to 87,000 families in 15 affected provinces of 87 municipalities. There are still a number of areas with limited access by roads and bridges and logistics poses some challenges.


14. UNDP has received US$ 3,939,442 through the Flash Appeal. Additional funds have also been received from Finland.

15. A mission of 15 specialists from ECLAC (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean) arrived on 28 October under the auspices of UNDP and has had meetings with the Secretary of Planning as well as with the UN System. The mission will visit affected areas in order to evaluate infrastructure, agricultural production and habitat. The ECLAC Mission will end on 9 November.


16. IOM is coordinating with the Vice Ministry of Infrastructure and is waiting for information on requirements. With this information infrastructure and housing projects will be formulated and presented to UNDP.


17. PAHO/WHO has started 5 projects, namely: 1) Guaranty on health attention; 2) Assessment of damages to health services and infrastructure; 3) Provision of psychological support - mental health; 4) Prevention and surveillance of infectious diseases outbreaks; 5) Strengthening of epidemiological services.

18. PAHO/WHO also participated with UNICEF and UNFPA in the elaboration of projects related to Nutritional Security and Water and Sanitation.


19. UNFPA has contributed medicine and HIV prophylactic kits, as well as a vehicle and a specialist for working in shelters in the province of San Marcos. In coordination with the Health Ministry it has provided technical assistance on female and reproductive health. Two team members are working full time with the Health Ministry on technical disaster evaluations.

20. UNFPA plans to present a six-month project to ECHO for coordination with the Health Ministry in the implementation of preventive measures for reproductive health and violence.


21. While using its own funds for a first needs assessment, which is in process and pending approval of an emergency project, the FAO is supporting the coordination of the following:

- Support mission for the rehabilitation at mid and long term of the actives and livelihoods of the affected population (1-5/11/2005): To analyze existing information about damages identify mid and long term strategies to rebuild the actives and livelihoods of the affected population. This mission will jointly work with the ECLAC mission.

- Assistance to Hurricane Stan affected communities in Guatemala (27/10-15/11 2005): To review the status of the damages caused and prepare a short-term recovery plan.

22. FAO is also supporting a project on production of handmade seeds and rehabilitation of small irrigation systems.

23. A proposal for food security of the affected families in six departments has been elaborated. This will be supported with a physical space: the housing and the area of 'traspatio'. This offer is made in coordination with UNDP and the Government of Guatemala. (17-24/10-2005).

24. An Impact Evaluation Report on the livelihoods of the most vulnerable families has been presented. The main findings were that 154,000 families were affected in their livelihoods and that most of the population in poverty and extreme poverty has lost their stock of staple food.

Coordination and Information Management

25. On 25 October the UN System met with the Donor Community. During the meeting the UN System committed itself to prepare a report about the joint coordinated work of the UN agencies according to the areas of intervention in the Flash Appeal.

26. Efforts to improve the flow and coordination of information are being undertaken at national, provincial and municipal levels. Data processing teams are being strengthened with UNV personnel and platforms for retrieval of information from NGOs are being created.

The UNDAC Team

27. The UNDAC Team presented its final mission report to the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Guatemala on 24 October, and has provided recommendations for follow-up by the country team.

28. OCHA is in close contact with the Office of the United Nations' Resident Coordinator in Guatemala and will revert with further information as it becomes available.

29. This situation report, together with further information on other ongoing emergencies is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at

Telephone: +41-22-917 12 34
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In case of emergency only: Tel. +41-22-917 20 10

Desk Officer:

Mr. Dusan Zupka
Direct Tel. +41-22-917 1645

Press contact:

(GVA) Ms. Elizabeth Byrs direct Tel. +41-22-917 26 53
(N.Y.) Ms. Stephanie Bunker direct Tel. +1-917-367 51 26


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