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ODPC-WFP Emergency Situation Report on Latin America and the Caribbean No. 23

Situation Report
Originally published
a. Significant Events

PRRO 10212.0: "Targeted food assistance for persons affected by shocks and the recovery of livelihoods": WFP opened a sub-office and warehouse in Matagalpa in order to more efficiently respond to the deteriorating nutritional situation of the most vulnerable groups in this Department.

b. Implementation:

The first delivery of food assistance took place during the first week of June. A total of 59 MT of food was delivered through 20 health units of the municipalities of Matagalpa, San Ramon, El Tuma-La Dalia and Rancho Grande. Food rations included maize, beans, CSB and vegetable oil. A total of 2,996 expectant and nursing women and 2,511 boys and girls between the ages of 6 months and 2 years received 30-day rations and in a nutritional recovery centre 60 days rations were distributed to children below the age of 5.

This food assistance is being complemented with training to women on topics related to nutrition, hygiene, breast-feeding and reproductive health. WFP is working in joint coordination with the Ministry of Health and UNICEF, which provides the technical assistance.


a. Significant Events

On the night of Friday 13 to Saturday 14, a landslide was reported in the area of San Lucas Tolimán. No injuries or casualties have been reported, but there were material damages. On Sunday June 15, six tremors with magnitudes between 1 and 4 degrees in the Richter scale were felt in Guatemala. The epicenter was located in Retalhuleu, near Guatemala City. There are no reports of material or personal damage or injuries. Also, heavy rains during the weekend caused several accidents, tree falls, and floods in the interior and some areas of the capital. It was reported that floods and tree falls obstructed access to the municipalities of Quetzaltenango, Suchitepéquez, and San Marcos. This situation of heavy rains and weak tremors is expected to continue for the next few days.

b. Security

PRRO 10212.0: On Thursday June 12, a truck with 25 MT of beans for was assaulted on its way from the port to the warehouse in Chimaltenango. The truck was found empty the following day. Appropriate action is being taken to report on the incident and follow up on police report and reimbursement by the transporter.