UN Seeks Disaster Relief Funds for Guatemala

The United Nations is appealing for USD14.5 million in disaster relief for the victims of Tropical Storm Agatha, which has already killed 200 people in Guatemala.

Agatha was the first storm to hit the Pacific this year, bringing the heaviest rains to Guatemala in 60 years. The situation was worsened by the May 27 eruption of Pacaya, the volcano, which resulted in the clogging of sewers and collapse of water systems. Guatemala is now proclaimed to be under a state of national calamity.

The aid being sought includes food, health care supplies, water and sanitation, agricultural services, education and recovery initiatives which will hopefully last for six months.

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