State of Calamity Declared Due to Rains in Guatemala | News


The president of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, declared a State of Public Calamity on Tuesday due to the damage caused by the rains in almost the entire territory of the Central American country.


Rains in Guatemala leave 21 dead and 668,000 affected

The measure will take effect from this June 22 in at least eight departments of the country for a period of 30 days.

The Council of Ministers indicated that the State of Calamity is due to the damage caused by the rains of recent days.

The departments in which the measure will apply will be Guatemala, Jutiapa, Jalapa, Santa Rosa, Chiquimula, El Progreso, Sacatepéquez and Zacapa.

The State of Public Calamity obliges the authorities of the Central American country to maintain security, public order and the stability of State institutions.

The spokesman for the Presidency, Kevin López, explained that the Government seeks to safeguard the life and integrity of the population in the face of the magnitude of the damage caused by the recent rains.

According to López, both the Army and the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred) will coordinate the delivery of humanitarian aid in the areas most affected by the rains in the country by order of President Giammattei.

According to official data, the recent rains have left 1,182,024 people affected, 2,089 homeless, almost 5,000 evacuated and 1,821 at risk.

To date, there are 23 deceased, three missing and 672 Guatemalans in shelters.

Conred data shows 1,553 homes with moderate damage and another 190 classified as severe; while 145 highways are affected and four destroyed.

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