IOM and its Partners Distribute Humanitarian Assistance to Guatemalan Families Affected by Heavy Rains

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Guatemala - IOM and its local partners have distributed kitchen and hygiene kits to 300 families in Champerico, Retalhuleu and Santa Rosa, along Guatemala's southern coast, who were forced to flee their homes following days of heavy rains that impacted Central America in October.

Several days of non-stop rains caused rivers to overflow and landslides which destroyed hundreds of homes and washed away millions of dollars in crops, mainly maize and beans which are the main staples for the population. Many schools and clinics were also damaged, which has severely affected many persons living in rural areas.

It Central America, it is estimated that 123 were killed and tens of thousands were forced to feel their homes. In Guatemala, 51 persons lost their lives and 254,000 others were directly impacted.

The kitchen and hygiene kits delivered by IOM and its four NGO partners - COOPI, CRS, ESFRA and SHARE - contain pots and pans, plates, cups, glasses and silverware for five persons, towels, bath and laundry soap, toothbrushes and paste, toilet paper, and garbage bags, and are part of the humanitarian assistance procured by IOM with funding of US$ 321,000 from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

The remaining 1,700 families, from the departments of Peten, Izabal, Guatemala (capital), Escuintla ad Jutiapa, will receive kitchen and hygiene kits as well as winter essentials such as clothing, sheets, pillows and blankets.

Families in the department of Jutiapa will also receive agricultural tool kits so they can begin clearing their land and planting for the next season.

For more information, please contact:

Sebastián Berkovich
IOM Guatemala
Tel: +502 2314.0086