Speeding relief to earthquake survivors

Guatemala, November 14, 2012

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    A man looks for belongings in his damaged house after the earthquake that struck on Wednesday in the San Marcos region of western Guatemala. Rescue workers on Thursday carted out dead bodies found under rubble in the aftermath of Guatemala's most powerful earthquake in decades, while others cleared wrecked cars and collapsed buildings as they searched for survivors. Photo: Reuters/William Gularte, courtesy the Thomson Reuters Foundation - AlertNet

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.

SEE PHOTOS: Rapid response gets food to families after earthquake

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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