Guatemala hit by torrential rains, mudslides
September 5, 2010
Heavy rains and landslides over the weekend in Guatemala have resulted in at least 36 deaths, dozens of injuries and widespread damage, according to news reports.
CFCA is awaiting information from our project staff in Guatemala about possible impact on sponsored members and their families.
Parts of the Inter-American Highway north of Guatemala City were closed after rains washed out whole sections of the road and caused two bus accidents, news outlets reported. Other roads were blocked, and some bridges have been destroyed by floods.
“We are sad to hear the news of the Guatemala mudslides, the bus accidents and the other deaths caused by the rain and the falling mountainsides,” Paco Wertin, CEO for CFCA, said. “We extend CFCA's deep concern and ongoing support to our dear sisters and brothers in Guatemala.”
Guatemala’s president, Alvaro Colom, declared a national emergency Saturday. News reports quoted him as saying that damage over the weekend was comparable to what the country experienced when Tropical Storm Agatha struck in May. Agatha triggered mudslides and floods that caused more than 150 deaths and damaged homes, infrastructure and crops throughout the country. Nine children sponsored through CFCA were among those who died.
Areas of Guatemala have experienced record amounts of rain in recent weeks. CFCA’s largest outreach is in Guatemala, where more than 84,000 children, youth and elderly are sponsored through our Hermano Pedro and Atitlan projects.
Please join the CFCA worldwide community as we pray for the people of Guatemala in this time of national tragedy.