Hurricane Eta Affects Indigenous People and Million others in Guatemala

Hurricanes Eta and Iota hit Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Mexico and Colombia last year. According to UNICEF, the resulting heavy rainfall, life-threatening flash flooding and landslides affected around 9.2 million people including millions of women and children. At least 3.5 million people faced serious humanitarian conditions and needed urgent support. In Guatemala alone, 1 million people were affected. Hurricane Eta and resulting flash floods and heavy rainfall left 53 dead and 96 people missing. The indigenous region of Alta Verapaz, the poorest part of the country, suffered the most damage. People were forced into temporary and overcrowded shelters and community schools with nothing in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic, where positive tests reached 33%. Houses were destroyed and needed reconstruction. The communities also lost their health center in the midst of the Pandemic. Floods and landslides contaminated potable water. This is why communities affected by multiple emergencies need easy and immediate access to finance. Know more:…

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