Guatemala declares ‘state of calamity’

Published on 09 September 2009

Alvaro Colom, the Guatemalan president, announced he would invoke the public order laws to impose a “state of calamity” in an effort to stave off mass hunger in the Central American nation. (..). The World Food Programme of the United Nations provided an immediate response, pledging to send 20 tons of nutritional biscuits to the worst-affected areas in the countryside.

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