Mercy Corps is providing emergency food for families affected by the 7.4-magnitude earthquake that struck Guatemala last week. After days of continued tremors, teams are also rapidly assessing damages and further needs in the hardest hit departments of San Marcos and Quetzaltenango along the western coast of the country.
Ninety-five houses were destroyed, and many more damaged, in the eight rural communities where Mercy Corps currently works to support farmers. Families report an immediate need for food and temporary shelter.
We are rushing more than $50,000 in emergency aid to the country, initially focusing on getting food rations to more than 1,100 people — including nearly 400 children — who have been uprooted from their homes. Our Guatemala team is also working with national authorities to coordinate additional funds and plans for housing.
Last Wednesday's earthquake was the strongest to hit Guatemala in 36 years, killing 52 and affecting nearly 1.3 million across the country. While 11,000 still remain in shelters, the U.S. State Department sent $50,000 in relief including water, blankets and fuel.
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