The overflow of the Rio La Paz located in the Municipality of Moyuta, Jutiapa, 121 kilometers from the capital city, caused serious damage to the communities of El Naranjo, Los Angeles, El Salamar, and El Arenal due to heavy rainfall brought by Tropical Depression 12E in October last year.
A total of 385 families in four communities, in collaboration with the Municipal Government, Action Against Hunger and the World Food Programme, have been working on building a dam of 900 meters long, 4 meters high, 14 meters wide and a profile of 7 meters which serve for protection in case of overflow of Rio La Paz.
"This whole area was full of trees such as cedars and conacastes and now that has changed. There was a natural dam, but the winds and logging destroyed it. Hope this new dam will protect us during this new winter season," says Juan Manuel Escobar, a community leader in El Arenal.
The families in these communities receive WFP assistance in the form of food for recovery and creation of assets such as agricultural modules, home gardens, composting, sanitation activities and rehabilitation of wells.
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