Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Heavy rains leave 3,850 people homeless in Guatemala

Heavy rains have left 3,850 people homeless in two Guatemalan provinces, according to news reaching here on Monday.

The worst hit area was Chisec in the province of Alta Verapaz, where 2,300 people have been affected and 404 houses have been destroyed, according to the National Disaster Reduction Coordination.

In Dolores in the neighboring Peten province, 1,550 people have been forced to leave their homes and 288 houses have been damaged.

The disaster reduction coordination said it had set up committees to coordinate with regional authorities in coping with the situation.

The rains over the weekend were caused by humid air that could also trigger downpours across the country in the coming days, according to weather forecast.

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