Civil protection in Guatemala (System of the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction – CONRED) reported on 18 May that almost 6,000 people had been affected by heavy rain and flooding over the last 3 days.
The country’s National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh) said that over 100 mm of rain fell in 24 hours in 6 different locations on 15 May and in 3 different locations the next day.
CONRED says that there have been 19 incidents of flooding and damaging rainfall, affecting 5,594 people. The worst affected departments are Chiquimula, El Progreso, Guatemala, Petén, Quetzaltenango, Sacatepéquez, Sololá, San Marcos and Suchitepéquez.
Around 240 people have evacuated their homes. Over 100 houses have been damaged and a further 27 severely damaged or destroyed. Seven roads and a bridge have also suffered damage.
Insivumeh has forecast further heavy rain across the country, in particular in southern areas.
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B - El Progreso
C - Guatemala department
D - Petén
E - Quetzaltenango
F - Sacatepéquez
G - Sololá
H - San Marcos
I - Suchitepéquez
Lorena - May 16 to May 16, 2018
All rainfall figures and locations via Insivumeh
Tecun Uman, Ayutla, San Marcos - May 16 to May 16, 2018
Chiquirines - May 16 to May 16, 2018
Catarina, San Marcos - May 15 to May 15, 2018
Tulula - May 15 to May 15, 2018
Cenizas - May 15 to May 15, 2018
Lorena - May 15 to May 15, 2018
Retalhuleu - May 15 to May 15, 2018
Mazatenangi - May 15 to May 15, 2018
Montúfar, Jutiapa - May 19 to May 20, 2018
May 15 to May 22, 2018
May 15 to May 19, 2018
Also 7 roads and 1 bridge damaged.
Sansare, El Progresso Department - May 15 to May 22, 2018