An earthquake measuring 6.4 degrees on the Richter scale, shook the border area between Guatemala and Mexico on Monday. The Guatemalan Department of San Marcos, that boarders the two countries, was the most detrimentally affected. United Nations agencies- WFP, UNICEF, OPS, and FAO- were quick to respond and assess the situation.
Verónica Maldonado, the leading WFP field monitor in the area, experienced the earthquake firsthand. In her first report, she wrote that the earthquake shook the area strongly and that moments later, people abandoned their homes and were out in the streets, due to fear of sudden aftershocks. Veronica is currently part of the assessment mission.
WFP’s Mario Galindo talks with a group of women, from the municipality of San Rafael Pie de la Cuesta about their experiences during the earthquake and their current concerns. Many have been left homeless and fear for their food security.
United Nations agencies, governmental entities, and supporting international institutions have maintained close contact in order to facilitate effective and efficient operations in the areas affected by this unexpected natural disaster.
22 August 2014 Guatemala: A Story of Resilience