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Guatemala: after the storm, a family recovers

Floods in Peten

The water reached up to two meters in several communities of Peten, in Guatemala, last October 2011.

 

Loss of crops

The loss of basic grains such as maize exceeds 75% of the cultivated area, which was already within days of being harvested.

 

Affected child in Peten

In desperation, thousands of victims moved to higher grounds and built shelters like the one shown in this photograph.

 

Teenager prepares tortillas

Many similar shelters were established in which the timely intervention of WFP covered the basic needs of food from homeless families. Here a teenager is preparing tortillas.

Affected family in Peten

In the picture, Don Luis Chocoj , his wife Dunia Yat, their children Maria, 18, Luis Byron 4 years and Manuel 2 years. Like them, WFP has provided food to more than 22,500 affected families to help them rebuild their lives.

 

Luis Byron has lunch

Luis Byron Chocoj 4 years old, eats a tamale or Chucte for lunch made with maize and beans provided by the World Food Programme

Two months after Tropical Depression 12-E, thousands of poor Guatemalans living in vulnerable areas have lost their livelihoods due to the heavy rains, floods and landslides that affected the country.