A home left uninhabitable, after the severe earthquake that struck Guatemala. Photo: WFP/ Mario Galindo
Early Monday morning an earthquake measuring 6.4 degrees on the Richter scale, shook the border area between Guatemala and Mexico. The Guatemalan Department of San Marcos, which borders the two countries was the most adversely affected. The following pictures are from WFP’s initial response teams, which are currently on the scene assessing the situation.
Earthquake Leaves a Path of Destruction
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.
State of Public Calamity
Due to the severity of the earthquake and the damage that it created, the National President declared a state of public calamity in the affected areas.
Homes Left in Shambles
Many families affected by the quake have taken refuge in the homes of neighbors and relatives.
WFP Staff Member: Firsthand Experience
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.
Community Members Share Personal Accounts
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.
Strategic Interagency Collaborations
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.