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04 Oct 1987 description


UNDRO 87/2121

GUATEMALA - FLOODS
SITUATION REPORT NO. 1
4 OCTOBER 1987

SITUATION

1. ACCORDING TO PRELIMINARY REPORTS, AT LEAST 45 PEOPLE DIED, OVER 100 MISSING FOLLOWING SUDDEN FLOODS IN HUEHUETENANGO DEPART MENT 150 MILES (260 KM) WEST OF GUATEMALA CITY.

2. TORRENT OF WATER AND MUD AFTER COLLAPSE OF HILL DUE TO HEAVY RAINS WENT INTO RIVERS EL INGERTO AND VALPARAISO WHICH OVERFLOWED, SWEEPING AWAY HOUSES AND BRIDGES AND DAMAGING INFRASTRUCTURE AND CROPS.