Guatemala: Tropical Storm Agatha; Operations Update no. 2 (MDRGT002)

Situation Report
Originally published


Period covered by this Ops Update: 23 June to July 2010.

Appeal target: 1,286,382 Swiss francs (1,192,190 US dollars or 997,908 euro) to support 1,500 families for a six-month period.

Appeal coverage: 103%;

Appeal history:

=B7 On 31 May 2010, 172,274 Swiss francs were allocated from the International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Guatemalan Red Cross (GRC) to initiate the response and deliver immediate humanitarian relief. Un-earmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

=B7 On 1 June 2010, a Preliminary Appeal was issued for CHF 1,223,815 Swiss francs (1,046,045 US dollars or 862,265 euro) in cash, kind, or services to support the Guatemalan Red Cross to attend to the humanitarian needs of 1,500 families (7,500 people).

=B7 On 9 June 2010, a Revised Appeal was issued to reflect the revised budget of 1,286,382 Swiss francs (1,192,190 US dollars or 997,908 euro) and to modify the Emergency Appeal outcomes to coincide with National Society assessments conducted to identify needs.

Summary: Tropical storm Agatha caused 174 deaths, injured 154 people and damaged homes and infrastructure in Guatemala. In response to this emergency, the Guatemalan Red Cross (GRC), with assistance from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (International Federation), is leading a relief operation so affected families can resume their daily activities. The Guatemalan Red Cross, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Partner National Societies (PNS) and the International Federation are coordinating their response activities. As of 15 July 2010, at least 1,200 families had been reached the combined Movement efforts to restore family links and implement water, sanitation and hygiene promotion activities.

The International Federation expresses its thanks to the following Partner National Societies and governments for their kind support to the Appeal: the American Red Cross, the British Red Cross (British government), the Canadian Red Cross (Canadian government), the Japanese Red Cross Society, the Monaco Red Cross, the Netherlands Red Cross (Netherlands government), the New Zealand Red Cross (New Zealand government), the Norwegian Red Cross, the Spanish Red Cross and the Swedish Red Cross. The International Federation also gratefully acknowledges the Voluntary Emergency Relief Fund of the World Health Organization (WHO) which has contributed to this operation.