Saturday, February 7, 2009

Cold Wave Hits Guatemala

The National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction declared a yellow alert due to the cold temperatures and high winds that have sent people scurrying for heavier clothes, coats, hats, and scarves. The Relief Corps is mobilized to assist people suffering from hypothermia. Temperatures in Guatemala City, the Highlands, Huehue, Xela, and Alta Verapaz have been in the range of 0 to 9 degrees C with winds of 40 to 50 kmh.

The Department of Social Development has requested that if citizens discover people suffering from hypothermia, particularly the homeless, that they bring them to Relief Corps shelters.

High winds have disrupted electric service in several towns including Esquintla, Puerto San Jose and Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa, aggravating the problems of cold weather.

The winds are expected to diminish during the weekend.

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