Landslides triggered by heavy rain in Guatemala have caused death and destruction in Huehuetenango and Guatemala Departments.
The country’s disaster authority, CONRED, also reported several incidents of flooding in Quetzaltenango, San Marcos and Sacatepequez departments from 30 October. CONRED added that 12 people have died and almost 5,000 people have been displaced so far in this rainy season that began in May this year.
Landslides in Huehuetenango and Guatemala Departments
Heavy rain falling on unstable ground caused a landslide in the village Xenaxicul, Aguacatan in Huehuetenango Department early on 30 October 2019. The landslide buried 4 houses in the village and at least 4 people died. All the victims are thought to be from the same family.
Just days earlier, a landslide hit the settlement of Nuevo Amanecer, in Ciudad Peronia, Villa Nueva in Guatemala Department on 28 October.
Eight houses completely collapsed in the landslide and more than 100 others are still at risk. Around 1,000 people have evacuated. No injuries or fatalities were reported. Authorities have declared a state of disaster.
Floods in Quetzaltenango, San Marcos and Sacatepequez
Elsewhere in the country, heavy rain caused flooding in La Esperanza, Quetzaltenango Department from around 30 October, damaging dozens of homes and leaving 35 people displaced.
In San Marcos Department, over 400 people were affected by flooding from the overflowing Naranjo River in the municipality of La Blanca. Over 60 homes were damaged.
Flooding from 31 October damaged 10 homes in San Pedro Las Huertas near Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez Department.
Tras deslizamiento de tierra en aldea Xinaxipul de Aguacatán, Huehuetenango Patrulla Especial de Rescate de @BVoluntariosGT de la 17 compañía reportan 1 herido, un adulto y tres niños fallecidos. pic.twitter.com/uayZRlZnnF
— Bomberos Voluntarios (@BVoluntariosGT) October 30, 2019
— Ejército Guatemala (@Ejercito_GT) October 31, 2019
Gobierno establece Estado de Calamidad Pública en las colonias Regalito de Dios y Nueva Esperanza en Ciudad Peronia, z.8 de Villa Nueva y tendrá una duración de 30 días, debido a un deslave que tiene al borde del precipicio a más de 200 viviendas. pic.twitter.com/QCjmcmLihF
— Andrea Dominguez (@andread_gtv) November 4, 2019
— MuniVillaNueva (@MuniVillaNueva) November 4, 2019