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Guatemala on orange alert due to heavy rainfalls

Guatemala City, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Guatemala’s National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) confirmed the orange alert due to the threat of heavy rainfalls.

The entity registered up to date 861 incidents that caused 13 deaths, five injured, 332 roads affected, four bridges destroyed and 24 damaged.

At least 303 houses were severely affected, 5,454 were moderately affected, 598 were slightly affected and 370 are at risk, while 15,671 persons were evacuated from their homes, 6,355 were impacted and 8,728 are at risk.

In view of the current scenario, President Bernardo Arevalo will discuss with the heads of different political parties the possibility of decreeing a state of calamity.

According to the analysis, the measure would seek to speed up the management of funds to work on domestic emergencies.

The Undersecretary of Risk Reduction Management of CONRED Maria Leal stated on Thursday to Emisoras Unidas that “some time ago, experts talk about climate variability but now they are seriously talking about climate change.” Authorities warned at the beginning of the month that Guatemala was about to face a season of unusually intense rainfalls, with records that could exceed the average of between 25% and 50%.

“Therefore, our efforts are focused on preventing the effects and working on emergencies caused by weather conditions,” Arevalo remarked.

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