Guatemala: WFP Situation Report No. 5


1) Situation update:

In the Special Bulletin No. 88, INSIVUME informs that the remnants of Tropical Depression 16 are now southeast of Yucatan and moving quickly to the Gulf of Mexico without further impact over national territory.

A new cold front is moving in and gaining relative importance. It is located in the southern part of the Gulf of Mexico, causing an increase wind speed from the north, as well as presence of clouds with rain in the central plateau and northern region in the next 12 to 24 hours.

At the same time a low pressure wave from the east is coming in, but it is not expected to produce significant amounts of rain.

WFP Monitors continue assessing damage and supervising food distribution in Petén, Alta Verapaz, Izabal and Quiché.

2) Brief description of on-going emergencies:

There are about 75 communities that lost their crops by flooding. Many access ways are still blocked and distributions had to be done with airplanes and boats.

Many families remain in improvised shelters built with nylon and wood in the high places of their livelihoods waiting for the water to return to normal levels, situation that may occur in five or more days.