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Hurricane Beryl could approach Guatemala this weekend

Guatemala City, July 1 (Prensa Latina) Hurricane Beryl, the first of the Atlantic season and already category four, could approach Guatemala next weekend, the Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh) reported today.

So far it does not represent a direct danger to the country, however, if its trajectory continues it would favor an increase in rain, the scientific entity stated in a special bulletin this morning.

International meteorological services warned that this extremely dangerous event will be close to Honduras between Wednesday and Thursday, although with less force.

The Insivumeh focused its text on Tropical Storm Chris, which touched Mexican soil this Monday, lost intensity, and continues to promote the entry of moisture to Chapín soil from the Pacific Ocean.

The rainfall will continue, accompanied by electrical storms -he noted- in the departments of Huehuetenango, San Marcos, Quetzaltenango, Sololá and Quiché.

Likewise, associated with its cyclonic circulation, a large nucleus was generated over the Caribbean region, valleys of the East and Transversal Belt of the North, where rains could also occur.

A good number of municipalities in 11 of the 22 departments of the nation maintain a soil saturation percentage equal to or greater than 90, up to 30 centimeters deep.

The National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction recorded 17 incidents associated with the rains during the last hours.

In total, he stressed, there are more than 900 that left 13 dead, five injured, some 15,671 people evacuated from their homes, 6,355 affected and 8,728 at risk.

The president of the country, Bernardo Arévalo, met last Thursday with heads of several congressional groups and members of the Board of Directors to explain the damage and raise the need to decree a state of calamity.