5 Dead in Guatemala as Tropical Storm Threatens Mexico

A tropical depression brought heavy rainfall to parts of Guatemala, killing at least 5 people and leaving hundreds homeless.

This is Guatemala’s rainy season (May to November) where figures of 400mm of rain in a month are not unusual. However, as a result of the tropical depression in Guatemala over the last few days, the city of San Jose recorded 210 mm of rain in 24 hours between 01 and 02 June 2014, and a further 78mm on 03 June.

The five deaths occurred in San Pedro Necta in the province of Huehuetenango, western Guatemala, after floods triggered a landslide on Friday 30 May 2014.

Tropical Cyclone Boris

Meanwhile the tropical depression has since developed into a full blown tropical cyclone – Tropical Cyclone Boris – which is now headed for Chiapas in southern Mexico. Tropical Cyclone Boris is expected to bring further heavy rainfall (some forecasts say as much as 250-500 mm) to southern Mexico and parts of Guatemala. The Mexican states of Campeche, Oaxaca and Chiapas are most likely to be affected and could suffer life-threatening landslides and flash flooding.

 

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Path of Tropical Storm Boris – Image from NOAA