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More than 15 000 affected as floods and landslides hit Guatemala


Heavy rain is affecting Guatemala since January 26, causing floods, landslides and damage. At least 15 200 people are affected and 258 evacuated. No fatalities or injuries have been reported.

According to CONRED, as of January 31, 258 people were evacuated in Alta Verapaz and Izabal departments and 124 buildings were damaged. In addition, national authorities reported that approximately 15 200 people were affected in the departments of Baja Verapaz, Alta Verapaz, Petén, Quiché and Izabal.

Landslides were reported in San Jerónimo and Salamá in Baja Verapaz, one in the municipality of Chajul, Quiché, Cobán in Alta Verapaz and two in Morales in Izabal department. 

Heavy rain increased river levels, including the San Francisco and San Marcos in Izabal, while flooding blocked roads in Quiché and left some communities in the north of the province isolated. 

Over the next 24 hours, more heavy rain is forecast for the already affected regions.

Featured image: Floods in Guatemala – January 30, 2018. Credit: CONRED





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