Guatemala – Floods and Landslides Affect 13,000 People in 5 Departments

Heavy rainfall in Guatemala since 26 January has caused flooding and landslides in the departments of Baja Verapaz, Petén, Alta Verapaz, Quiché and Izabal, according to the country’s disaster agency, Conred.

Floods in Morales, Izabal Guatemala, January, 2018. Photo: Conred

Conred reported landslides in San Jerónimo and Salamá in Baja Verapaz department, one in the municipality of Chajul, Quiché department, Cobán in Alta Verapaz and two in Morales in Izabal department. No fatalities or injuries have been reported.

River levels have increased after the heavy rain, including the San Francisco and San Marcos rivers in Izabal, according to Conred. Flooding has affected parts of Morales, Livingston and Puerto Barrios, which is the worst hit. Almost 90 homes have been damaged.

Flooding has blocked roads in Quiché and left some communities in the north of the province isolated.

Conred report that 11,332 people have been affected by landslides and 2,188 by floods across the country since 28 January. Over 160 people have been evacuated, including 72 currently housed in a church in Puerto Barrios, Izabal.

Guatemala’s weather agency (Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología – INSIVUMEH) said that 142.4mm of rain fell in Puerto Barrios, Izabal, in 24 hours to 29 January. The same station recorded 147.4 mm of rain in 24 hours to 26 January.

Levels of the Lake Petén Itzá in San José, Petén, have been high for some time. As of 29 January, the lake stood at 2.81 metres, with normal maximum level considered to be 1.50.

Disaster officials say the severe weather is the result of a cold front in the Gulf of Mexico. Other countries in Central American, including El Salvador and Honduras, have issued weather warnings with the cold front expected to bring rain, strong winds and high waves.

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Flood Summary

Last updated: January 30, 2018
Guatemala, January 2018
January 26, 2018
Flash flood, Landslide
Extreme rainfall, Long-term rainfall


A - Morales
B - Puerto Barrios, Izabal
C - San Jerónimo
D - Salamá
E - Chajul
F - Cobán
G - Livingston


Rainfall level
142.4 mm in 24 hours
Puerto Barrios, Izabal - January 28 to January 29, 2018
Rainfall level
147.4 mm in 24 hours
Puerto Barrios, Izabal - January 25 to January 26, 2018


14000 people
January 26 to January 30, 2018
165 people
January 26 to January 30, 2018
Homes damaged
90 homes
Izabal department - January 26 to January 30, 2018