Guatemala: Floods DREF Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) n° MDRGT011 - Operations Update n° 1

Situation Report
Originally published


DREF Operations Update n° 1; 29 November 2017

Operation start date: 19 September 2017

Operation timeframe: 3 months, end date 29 December 2017

Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:

This operations update no.1 reflects the progress of the operational activities and an operational timeframe extension of one month; therefore, the operation will now end on 29 December 2017.

Since the beginning of September 2017, heavy rainfall has affected Guatemala; the rainfall continued throughout October 2017, thus delaying the response activities in the departments of Suchitepequez and Retalhuleu. An additional DREF operation was launched on 10 November 2017 to assist affected families in the department of Alta Verapaz.


Description of the disaster

On 18 September 2017, heavy rainfall caused flooding throughout Guatemala, particularly in the north-western region of the country. In the departments of Suchitepéquez and Retalhuleu, floods damaged homes, crops and household goods, and around 2,016 families were affected according to local authorities.

The Guatemalan Red Cross (GRC) deployed Damage Analysis and Needs Assessment (DANA) teams to the departments of Retalhuleu and Suchitepéquez, identifying the level of damages in the water network, including artesian water wells and several houses with severe damage in which families lost all their belongings. The Guatemalan Red Cross branches in the departments of Suchitepéquez and Retalhuleu initially provided pre-hospital assistance and evacuated families at risk to safer locations