Guatemala - Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 1

Situation Report
Originally published
Ref: OCHA/GVA 2000/0120
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Guatemala - Floods
20 June 2000


Guatemala has a tropical climate along the « Peten » Lowlands and the Caribbean coast, with a more temperate climate in the highlands. There are generally two seasons, the wet season from May to October and the dry season from November to April.

This year the seasonal rains began in the third week of May.

Disaster Situation

The rivers Achiguate and Motagua have overflowed and caused damage to roads and several villages have become isolated .

Landslides have occurred in the Huehuetenango region due to the rainfall.

In the Villanueva municipality, the bridge on the Villalobos river was destroyed, which cut off access to the capital.

Rainfall in the southern coastal area has been intense causing threat to infrastructure.

Affected Area

City of Guatemala, regions of Alta Verapaz, Huehuetenango, Escuintla, Jalapa, Quiché, Totonicapán y Zacapa.

Population Affected/Damage

Sixteen dead, some 700 evacuated ; total number of people affected : some 2,500.

Parts of the road network blocked, and some 400 houses damaged or at risk.

Request for international assistance

The government of Guatemala has not requested international assistance.

National response

On 6 June 2000, President Alfonso Portillo declared a state of « Public Calamity » for the entire country .

The National Emergency System (CONRED) has been activated to take preparedness mesures and to coordinate relief efforts.

Telephone: +41-22-917 1234;
Fax: +41-22-9170023;

In case of emergency: Tel. +41-22-9172010

Desk Officers: Mr. Erik Haegglund/Mr. Carlos Pereira/Ms. Masayo Kondo direct tel: +41-22-917 32 99/13 83/19 97

Press contact: Mr. D. Kiniger-Passigli, direct tel. +41-22-917 26 53

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