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The Guatemalan Government officially decreed this Wednesday a state of public calamity due to the problems caused by the rainy in recent weeks, which have left 23 dead and 1.3 million people affected.

The measure, which will last 30 days, was decreed by the Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, in the Council of Ministers, and published this Wednesday in the official newspaper, pending its ratification or not by Congress.

The state of public calamity, which limits free movement, among other rights, covers 8 of the 22 departments (provinces) of Guatemala: Jutiapa, Jalapa, Santa Rosa, Chiquimula, El Progreso, Zacapa, Sacatepéquez and Guatemala.

According to the decree, the decision seeks to guarantee the life, integrity, security and property of Guatemalans, in addition to avoiding and reducing the effects caused by the passage of storm Celia two weeks ago and other climatic systems that have caused severe damage. to the population and infrastructure.

The Giammattei Administration justified that the state of public calamity was requested by the National Association of Municipalities to mitigate the climatic effects.

In the decree, the Executive Organism orders the evacuation of the areas affected or declared high risk and centralizes in the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred) all the attention for those affected.

A study by this civil protection institution indicates that 140 of the 340 municipalities in the Central American country are prone to flooding or landslides.

The latest Conred report reveals that this year’s rains have left 23 dead, 4 missing and 7 injured, while 1.3 million people have been affected.

Similarly, 5,082 people have been evacuated by the authorities, but only 670 remain sheltered.

In addition, one of the main highways that connect Guatemala City with the southern coast, transcendental for trade, is damaged by a large hole and the authorities are seeking to solve the problem with the help of the US military.

In 2021, rainfall caused 31 deaths, 17 people injured, 2 missing, and affected 1.4 million Guatemalans.

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