Monday, August 30, 2010

Vice-President Espada Assesses Damage in Izabal

When news came of the bridge collapse at Entre Rios, Vice-President Dr. Rafael Espada and the Secretary of Communications flew to Izabal yesterday to assess the damage from the air and to meet with local officials.

The Vice-President, General Juan José Ruiz Morales, Chief of National Defense, Lic. Guillermo Castillo, Minister of Communications, Infrastructure, and Housing, and Engineer Alejandro Maldonado Lutomirsky, Executive Secretary of Conred held a press conference to disseminate information and answer questions.

The heavy rains during the past few days have now affected or displaced 3,748 persons. 1,179 persons are in shelters, 490 are homeless. There have been 10 injuries reported and 4 deaths. 654 homes have been damaged. 21 flooding events occurred during the 48 hours of the weekend affecting the departments of Alta Verapaz, Escuintla, Huehuetenango, Izabal, Jutiapa, Petén, Quiché, Sacatepéquez, Sololá, and Zacapa.

The Motagua River continues to register 10 feet above flood stage so the danger to communities along the river in Izabal remains high.

Conred has authorized the distribution of 250 tons of food and supplies to the affected areas.