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Guatemala: preparing for floods

September 2011

Guatemala is at risk from floods, storms and hurricanes for six months of the year. The UN’s climate change panel has warned that storms will get more frequent and more intense. Christian Aid partners are supporting communities on the coast of the country, and they are now far better prepared to deal with storms.

In 2010 Tropical storm Agatha hit the day before the hurricane season started. As Hugo Roldan Valladares, president of a local emergency committee says, 'The river burst its banks, it was something tremendous. When we heard it, it was like the sea was sweeping over the community.'

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Christian Aid Partner CPDL is helping communities prepare for storms with risk maps and emergency plans. It is helping them lobby local government and large scale landowners to carry out essential maintenance on the rivers that should carry floodwater away from people’s homes.

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