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Reaching 500+ flooded-out families in Guatemala with aid

Guatemala, June 7, 2010

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    Since last week, Mercy Corps has been responding to the immediate needs of families displaced by the disaster, distributing food rations and water supplies for a week to 528 displaced families — almost 3,000 people — in the regions of Zacapa and El Progreso, hard-hit by flooding from the Motagua River. Photo: Ricardo Herrera/Mercy Corps

Over the weekend, the government of Guatemala confirmed 172 deaths as a result of Tropical Storm Agatha, which struck the country last week, flooding and wiping out an estimated US$19 million in agricultural lands, destroying bridges and transportation networks, as well as homes, leaving over 100,000 displaced.

Since last week, Mercy Corps has been responding to the immediate needs of families displaced by the disaster, distributing food rations and water supplies for a week to 528 displaced families — almost 3,000 people — in the regions of Zacapa and El Progreso, hard-hit by flooding from the Motagua River.

Today, we are continuing to reach additional families with food and water rations, as well as distributing much-needed hygiene kits to over 600 families most affected by Agatha.