Saturday, May 29, 2010

Landslides in Guatemala City

8:30 PM Saturday May 29, 2010

In the last hour, landslides have been reported at the Cejusa Bridge, 13 Calle Aguilar Batres, Calzada La Paz at the Belice Bridge, and Cayalá Boulevard in Guatemala City. Landslides and homes damaged in Sector Tecun Uman, Santa Luisa de Chinautla.

8:40 PM:

The Rio Michatoya and Rio Pensativo have overtopped their banks and are flooding.

The Ciudad Quetzal Bridge has collapsed.

A sinkhole 20 meters in depth and 15 meters in diameter has opened in Zone 2 of Guatemala City.

10:00 PM:

Landslide on the Anillo Periférico, Guatemala City. Two vehicles trapped.

The Palín Escuintla highway has been closed.

Landslides, Flooding Occurring, 12 Dead

Tropical Storm Agatha has come ashore along the southern part of the coast of the Department of San Marcos.

Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Agatha are causing flooding in Antigua and parts of Guatemala City.

Evacuations are taking place in Antigua, Guatemala as the Rio Pensativo is flooding.

Red alert has been declared in Chamerpico, Retalhuleu. Evacuation of the whole area is underway due to massive waves and flooding.

Fallen trees are causing widespread power outages. Heavy rains are causing landslides. 12 reported dead.

Heavy flooding and evacuations are underway in Zone 2 and Zone 5 of Quetzaltenango. The water in the streets is chest high in places and rescue personnel are using boats to reach those in need of assistance.

State of Emergency / Disaster Extended to All of Guatemala

President Alvaro Colom had already declared disaster areas in the Departments of Guatemala, Esquintla, and Sacatepequez due to the eruption of Volcan Pacaya.

This afternoon he extended it to the whole country due to the combination of continued eruptions from Pacaya and the arrival of Tropical Storm Agatha.

First Pacific Storm of the Season Heads for Guatemala

Tropical Storm Agatha is expected to make landfall on the Pacific coast of Guatemala. The Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm could drop up to 20 inches of rain across Guatemala, El Salvador, and parts of Mexico which are likely to cause landslides and flooding.

In Guatemala, the flooding could be worse than usual because the ash from Volcan Pacaya will obstruct both natural and man-made drainage systems.

Pacaya began erupting on Thursday and has spread 2 to 5 centimeters of volcanic ash (which is rough black sand and gravel) over three departments of Guatemala including all of Guatemala City. Some ash has fallen as far away as Alta Verapaz.

Keep up on the latest storm positions and weather conditions here: