Red Alert in Izabal

February 1, 2018

Location: Izabal, Guatemala

On Tuesday, January 30th, CONRED (Stands for Coordinadora Departamental para la Reducción de Desastres) from Izabal, declared a Regional Red Alert due to heavy rains in that region.  Based on this, the Guatemala Regional Emergency Operations Center has been activated to coordinate assistance to affected persons.

The Izabal area has experienced extensive damage over the last two days, with a reported 15,580 persons affected in that area, including 222 evacuees and 78 persons provided with shelter.  Resources have also been delivered among the affected communities.

Authorities announced a Municipal Red Alert and activated the Municipal Emergency Operations Center to coordinate help to the victims in Morales, the town most affected by heavy rains and mudslides.

According to the forecast from INSIVUMEH (Stands for Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología) the Izabal area is expected to receive further heavy rains in the coming days.

Actions to take:

U.S. citizen local residents and travelers in Izabal should maintain awareness of the situation and avoid dangerous situations, such as attempting to cross swollen rivers.  U.S. citizens are urged to report any incidents to the closest Guatemalan authorities, including dialing the phone number 119 to reach SE-CONRED (Secretaría Ejecutiva de la Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres).

 Assistance:

 For emergencies please contact phone number 119

For further information for U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Guatemala:

See the Guatemala Country Information page on the State Department’s travel website for Travel Advisories, Alerts, Worldwide Cautions and other country specific information.  Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

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The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala website also contains a wealth of information about the services we provide and information about local resources for American citizens.

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For emergency services for U.S. citizens, contact the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala, located at Avenida Reforma 7-01, Zona 10, Guatemala Ciudad, Guatemala, at +502-2326-4000, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday. Those in need of after-hours emergency services for U.S. citizens in Guatemala can call +502-2331-2354.

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