350 Evacuated After Heavy Rain Causes Landslide in Guatemala

A landslide caused by recent heavy rain has prompted disaster management authorities in Guatemala to evacuate over 300.

The landslide occurred during the morning of Saturday, 11 July 2015, in the municipality of Chinautla, in the department of Guatemala. The country’s disaster management agency, CONRED, say that the landslide completely destroyed 10 houses and damaged 11 others. A further 49 homes are thought to be at risk, prompting CONRED to evacuate 350 people in total.

Around 46 of those displaced are currently staying in a local community hall, while the rest have found temporary accommodation with family or friends.

No deaths or injuries have been reported. CONRED have distributed blankets and sleeping mats, hygiene kits and clean water to those affected by the landslide.

Landslide in Guatemala. Photo: CONRED
Landslide in Guatemala. Photo: CONRED

More Rain Forecast

Guatemala’s meteorological department INSIVUMEH said that northern areas of the country could see more than 40mm of rain in the next 24 hours. Currently three rivers or lakes in the northern Petén Department are above normal maximum levels: Río La Pasión, Lago Petén Itzá, and Rìo Usumacinta.

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Image: INSIVUMEH

INSIVUMEH also warned that further heavy rainfall is likely from Wednesday 15 July, especially in southern and central regions.

Heavy rain across parts of central America over the last 2 weeks has also affected Nicaragua where the Escondido river has overflowed in El Rama, and Costa Rica, where over 1,000 people have been evacuated after over 2 weeks of flooding.