Guatemala + 1 more

PAHO Weekly Report 19 - 25 Jul 2008

News and Press Release
Originally published


Three days of heavy rains in Guatemalacaused flooding and landslides in the province of Zacapa. The m unicipalityof La Unionis the most heavily affected.

To date, there are 20 confirmed deaths in Zacapa and 2 in Guatemala City. There are currently 3,368 persons in shelters, a number that is expected to increase.

The National Coordinator for the Reduction of Disasters (CONRED) has partially activated the Emergency Operations Center. An evaluation of probable areas for landslides is underway, and urban areas of Zacapa are being evacuated.

The Municipalities of Camotan, Chiquimula and Gualan are providing health care to people in shelters. The department of Health and Environment are preparing for disinfection of aqueducts.

PAHO is working with the Ministry of Health in surveying the damages and organizing the response.


On 23 July Hurricane Dolly made landfall on the Mexico-United States Border. High winds and torrential rain passed after two days, as Dolly downgraded to a tropical depression.

In preparation for Dolly, the Government of Mexico declared a red alert for the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, and issued public communications on safe sheltering during the hurricane.

PAHO remained on alert monitoring the storm as it progressed into a hurricane and downgraded again.

The storm caused few damages, and the Government of Mexico reports that the situation is calm, with no new development.