Two missing and more than 5,000 affected by heavy rains in Guatemala

Two missing children and more than 5,000 people affected in Guatemala left the torrential rains that have fallen during the last 24 hours in different parts of the country, official sources reported Friday.

The National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred) explained Friday that relief institutions carry out an intense search, even with drones, of two children who are missing after being dragged by a river of sewage that increased its channel by the rains.

The sudden flood of the river in the Las Minas settlement, located in the south of the capital, dragged four minors in the last hours of Thursday, of which two were found and rescued by firefighters with bumps and erosions on the skin.

The other two have not been located during a journey of at least 15 kilometers of the riverbed, a search that has been carried out by members of relief institutions that installed a command post in the municipality of Chinaulta, north of the city, where it flows the flow

The civil protection institution explained that in addition to the two missing, 5,062 people were affected, 8 affected (who lost their belongings), 12 were evacuated, 8 homes were damaged and a damaged road.

Damages from torrential rains were recorded in the departments of Guatemala, which includes the capital, and Santa Rosa, on the Pacific coast.

The National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction said that a landslide at kilometer 52 of the road to Barberena (Santa Rosa), which obstructed the two lanes, affected more than 5,000 people, but the route was already enabled.

While in the Monte María neighborhood of the Boca del Monte village, in the southern municipality of Villa Canales, a sudden flood caused damage to 8 homes and affected 52 people, 12 of whom had to be evacuated.

This Friday they distribute humanitarian assistance to the families that were affected by the rains in that place.

The saturation of the moisture in the soil also generated the collapse of drains in the colony El Rosario, the municipality of Villa Nueva (south), and caused a sinking of approximately two meters deep by four in diameter, but there are no houses nearby They are in danger.

Guatemala is one of the countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change and every year thousands of people are affected by floods or landslides.

Eight people died last year and almost 667,000 were affected by heavy rainfall, which also damaged at least 96 roads, 9 bridges, 10 schools, while 943 homes were lightly damaged, 737 moderately damaged and 43 severely damaged.

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