Guatemala’s National Disaster Risk Reduction Coordinator (Conred) has detailed that at least 32 people died this year in the 873 rain-related incidents this season, which is nearing its end.
This Conred balance shows that since the beginning of this year’s rainy season between April and May a number of landslides, floods or river overflows have been reported, affecting more than 1.4 million people, the Guatemalan newspaper ‘Prensa Frei’ collects.
Together with the 32 deceased, the agency pointed out that another 17 people were injured and two citizens are still missing. In addition, almost 11,600 people had to be evacuated from their homes and more than a thousand are still in risk areas.
In these 873 incidents, a total of 125 houses were badly damaged, almost 3,000 medium damage and more than 1,300 minor damage. Of the total number of buildings affected by bad weather, 130 were schools.
Despite the fact that the rains are subsiding, authorities continue to emphasize that it can keep raining so they are vigilant for possible incidents, particularly landslides caused by the moisture of the soil.