January 16, 2021

Guatemala does not have the capacity to deal with disasters, says a civil organization

Guatemala does not have the capacity to deal with disasters, says a civil organization



Guatemala, one of the countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, has no capacity to address the social and environmental impacts caused by hydrometeorological events, warned today the Citizen Convergence for Risk Management (Cociger).

In a statement on the occasion of the International Day for Disaster Reduction, the civil organization expressed its "concern" about the vulnerability in which impoverished communities live.

He recalled that this year there was a prolonged heat wave that affected some 300,000 families in the so-called dry corridor of Guatemala and the eruption of the Fuego volcano (June 3) has left 190 dead and more than 1.7 million affected in the departments of Escuintla, Sacatepéquez and Chimaltenango.

While the rains have caused this year 8 dead, almost 700,000 affected and more than 3,500 homes with different damages.

He explained that a study carried out by Oxfam in 8,631 households in the dry corridor due to the heat wave, established that 86.8 percent suffer from some degree of food insecurity and that they need immediate assistance.

According to Cociger, another "concern" is migration due to disasters in the last 20 years, although it does not specify the amount.

The organization demands that the State carry out a dignified relocation of the population that lives in the foothills of the Fuego volcano, which is currently in an effusive eruption.

Also implement long-term strategies that promote sustainable development in communities affected by natural disasters.

In commemoration of the International Day for Disaster Reduction, several institutions, including the capital city, carried out several activities to raise awareness among the population of being prepared and participating in minimizing risks.

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