Natural risk monitoring – July 7, 2021 – Guatemala
On July 6, Guatemala’s National Coordination System for Disaster Reduction (CONRED, according to its acronym in Spanish), reported severe weather events in five departments that affected 1,073 people and resulted in the evacuation of 55 people. The affected departments of Quiché, Jalapa, El Progreso, Chiquimula and Jutiapa reported extreme weather conditions which caused 3 floods, a landslide and a structural collapse. According to the Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (EDAN, its acronym in Spanish), 13 houses were damaged. Media reported that during the rainy season, more than 588,000 people were affected, 5,161 people were evacuated, of which 343 were sheltered. There are currently 240 people at risk and 1,500 homes have suffered minor to severe damage. Reports are available at CONRED and Prensa Libre
Tropical Storm Elsa
On July 7, the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reported that Tropical Storm Elsa made landfall on the northwest coast of Florida at 8 a.m. on July 7. Mandatory evacuations were imposed in Monroe and Indian River counties; voluntary evacuations are advised in Franklin, Dixie, Hernando and Hillsborough counties. There are 20 shelters currently open with 226 occupants. Florida is expected to have enough raw materials to accommodate the expected impacts. Some short-term blackouts are expected and utility companies are coordinating support for recovery efforts after the storm. Tropical Storm Elsa will continue to traverse the east coast states until Friday, July 9. The report is available at FEMA.
On July 7, the media reported the overflow of two rivers in the banana area of the department of Magdalena which affected 5,576 families. After a municipal risk management committee, a public emergency was declared to speed up the distribution of resources to the affected areas. Humanitarian aid was distributed to 2,000 residents of nine neighborhoods including clean water, food and medical care if needed. In addition, the department is working on the approval of an investment of 36 billion pesos to serve the Seville and Rio rivers in order to avoid overflows in the future. The report is available at: time.
Tropical Storm Elsa
On July 7, media reported that heavy rains associated with Tropical Storm Elsa caused flooding in the Brisas del Mar neighborhood, Guanabo, Havana del Este municipality, affecting 7 homes. A total of 15 children and 9 adults were evacuated to the homes of relatives and friends. Local authorities are working to redirect excess water to the ocean. Elsa also caused flooding in the province of Matanzas due to the overflow of the Yumurí river. The report is available at: Ciber Cuba.