Summary: On October 2011, Tropical Depression 12-E hit Central America. The already saturated soil in Guatemala and the heavy rain caused flooding and landslides impacted the lives of more than 500,000 persons, of which 82,913 were severely affected. The Guatemalan government decreed a State of Public Calamity on 16 October 2011.
During this operation, the GRC successfully reached 1,500 families with food and non-food items during the emergency phase. The National Society also provided 1,455 families with mosquito nets and 1,426 with dengue and malaria prevention messages. Psychosocial support also was provided to 436 affected families in the Cobán and Petén departments. The operation rehabilitated 215 wells and distributed 1,500 water filters. During this same phase, the operation reached 876 families in 18 communities with hygiene and health promotion activities (covering Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (PHAST), HIV and sexual health issues). As part of the early recovery actions, the GRC provided seeds, agricultural supplies and chickens for farming support to 627 families in the departments of Alta Verapaz, Petén, Retalhuleu and Mazatenango, thus strengthening their access to recovering their livelihood activities.
A balance of 41,202 Swiss francs remained at the close of the operation. In consultation with the country coordinator for Guatemala, this balance will be used for the implementation of the Guatemala country plan.