Saturday, August 28, 2010

Heavy Rains Cause Landslides and Flooding

Heavy rains during the past 24 hours have caused damage in various parts of Guatemala, affecting 755 persons and injuring 57. Flooding, landslides, and mudslides have occurred in the departments of El Peten, Guatemala, Jutiapa, Chiquimula, Solola, and Huehuetenango.

30 people were affected and five homes damaged in Jalpatagua El Rosario, Jutiapa where the river overflowed its banks. Backhoes are being used to dredge the riverbed.

The lake at La Laguna, Jacaltenango, Huehuetenango overflowed, damaging 26 homes, affecting 246 persons and injuring 3.

In El Peten, the Usumacinta River overflowed, affecting two communities of La Libertad. 29 homes are damaged and 174 persons affected.

Four landslides occurred in the Department of Guatemala, triggering evacuations. One of the landslides occurred in Mixco, Zone 4, near 10 Calle, 11 Avenida. 30 persons were affected. Four homes were severely damaged and 12 persons affected in El Naranjito, Mixco. Two slides occurred in Zone 13 of Guatemala City affecting 240 persons who had to be evacuated. 11 homes were damaged and 12 persons are homeless. Another landslide occurred at Plaza de Toros affecting 23 persons and damaging 5 homes.

Due to oversaturated soil, nine landslides occurred that are affecting highways in various parts of the country. Among the locations affected are km 105, 140, and 170 of the Panamerican Highway, at km 157 in Chiquimula, and at km 320 in Malacatancito, Huehuetenango.

Three landslides occurred in Andrés Semetabaj, Solola, one of which is blocking the road to the departmental capital.

Guatemala continues under an orange alert as more rains are expected.