Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei declared a state of disaster on Monday to deal with the damage caused by Tropical Storm Julia.
The decision, made during a cabinet meeting, will be sent to Congress for ratification in the coming days, the president said on social media.
“The damage caused by Julia, in Central America and Guatemala, is numerous. We expect very heavy rains and already we have floods, buried people, seven bridges affected, damaged roads and people without electricity,” said Giammattei.
There was a high probability of flooding in the next 48 to 72 hours, he added, urging people living near rivers to evacuate to higher ground or take shelter in one of the 1,858 shelters set up.
So far, the National Coordination for Disaster Reduction has reported 153,000 people affected by the heavy rains, with 1,302 people evacuated, 1,042 in shelters and two missing.
In addition, the storm damaged 17 roads and seven bridges, and destroyed one bridge.
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