15 dead, half million impacted by heavy rains in Guatemala

Rescuers search for survivors  after a mudslide in the village of Alta Verapaz  in Guatemala in May 2022
Rescuers search for survivors after a mudslide in the village of Alta Verapaz in Guatemala in May 2022.

At least 15 people have died in a dozen mudslides caused by heavy rains that have fallen since early May in Guatemala, where more than 500,000 people have been affected, officials said Monday.

Among the 15 fatalities were a woman and her six children, as well as three brothers, all minors, from two indigenous villages, said the office of the Coordination for the Reduction of Natural Disasters (Conred).

Rains accompanied by caused landslides, floods, and the collapse of infrastructure across large swathes of the Central American country.

Conred said 930 homes had been damaged as well as eight schools, seven bridges and more than 80 roads.

The regions most affected are those mainly inhabited by , whose communities are most vulnerable to natural disasters.

Nearly 60 percent of Guatemala's 17 million people live in poverty. Last year rains caused the death of 35 people and impacted almost one in 10 Guatemalans.


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