The United Nations World Food Programme in Guatemala responded immediately to the needs of the population affected by the recent earthquakes in the Santa Rosa region.
Since last week, a UN interagency team has been going to the affected areas to assess the immediate needs of the affected population in coordination with local authorities and officials of CONRED, the National Coordination Agency for Disaster Reduction of Guatemala.
The WFP dispatched food rations to more than 1,500 people living in eight improvised shelters in the towns of Pueblo Nuevo Viñas and Cuilapa. The family rations include corn, beans and vegetable oil for and will last for 10 days.
"There are still tremors in Santa Rosa and the rain is worsening the situation due to water accumulations on the hills that can cause mudslides and landslides. The need for food assistance in this area increases," said Irma Palma, Officer in Charge of the WFP in Guatemala. "We are working with our partners to ensure that the sheltered families receive food rations as soon as possible in order to ensure their food security."
The WFP Emergency Operations are coordinated by CONRED, the Coordination and Information Center (CCI), which is in charge of SESAN, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (MAGA), the Vice-Minister for Food Security (VISAN), the National Agricultural Marketing Institute (INDEC), departmental and local authorities as well as United Nations agencies in the country and also the Humanitarian Network.