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Guatemala: after the storm, a family recovers

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 The waters level reached more than two meters high in several communities in the Peten department and caused a loss of 75% of maize crops, traditional food, which was ready to be harvested.

 

The affected families found shelter on higher grounds, and were living in improvised shelters. The timely intervention of WFP, allowed to cover basic food needs of these families during the months of November and December , 2011.

 

Don Luis Chocoj Choc family and many other families have started recovering from the loss of their crops and food stocks, thanks to the assistance provided by WFP.

 

This family of five members who lives in San Marcos community, municipality of Poptum Petén department, is currently finalizing the reconstruction of their home and starting to plant a new crop, hoping that Mother Nature, will let the harvest their maize and beans by the end of March 2012.

 

In addition to the Choc Chocoj familiy, WFP has provided food assistance to more than 22,500 families affected by floods last October, distributing a total of 2,175 MT tons of food.