Sunday, June 27, 2010

First Reports of Damage from Alex

Tropical Storm Alex dropped a lot of rain on Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, and more is expected. Guatemala has been on Orange Alert since before the rains began.

A landslide in Sololá has left two dead. A group of 20 men were working on a dirt road to provide access to their community when the rains began. Four of the workers took shelter under a rock and were killed when the rock loosened. Rather than wait for rescue authorities, the workers rescued the bodies themselves.

Conred reports there have been several landslides and collapses caused by the rains. One occurred at km 131 on the road from Tiquisate to Río Bravo, Suchitepéquez. Others are reported in the villages of Ojer Coc La Vega and San Jose Poaquil, Chimaltenango. Others have occured between San José Poaquil and Las Mejoranas Saquitacaj in the same municipality of Chimaltenango.

Another collapse was reported at km 144.5 on the Pan-American Highway, Chichicastenango, Quiche. Another at km 32.5 in the jurisdiction of Auto Mariscos, Escuintla, and another at kilometer 49 of the highway to Palin, Escuintla

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