Guatemala copes with floods, landslides, disaster

By October 1, 2010

Guatemala (MNN) — Guatemala remains under a state of emergency because of
deadly flooding and landslides.

The weeks of winter's heavy rains were enough to flood streets and water-log
fields. The arrival of Tropical Storm Matthew
further deteriorated the situation. Thankfully,
it appears the storm weakened sharply and spared Guatemala from additional

However, Guatemala had already been buffeted by an unusually wet season that
killed about 274 people and caused $1.1 billion in damage, according to
government estimates.

In the worst hit area, 280 wells–the main potable water sources in the
area–were contaminated by the floods. 

The situation worsens conditions for the 29% of the population living below
the poverty line. Many are struggling to
provide for their families. By helping to meet some of these most basic needs,
there is an opportunity to introduce them to Jesus.

Global Aid Network is
responding. Their aid teams are already in place because of longstanding
partnerships and projects in the region. 

Food, clothing and shoes
from prior shipments to the country are being distributed to hundreds in need.

A team from the United
States is heading to the country November 5-13. They hope to travel to
Guatemala City and then to remote areas, serving alongside local ministry
partners in delivering humanitarian aid and reaching out to the survivors.

You can help fund their
relief effort. Click here.

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