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Guatemala Receives a Mass of Dust from the African Sahara, More Seasonal Rains, and Sends More Migrants Through Mexico

July 29, 2022

 

 

Map shows how the dust of the Sahara advances this Thursday, July 28, 2022 la prensa Free Press

 
The rise in the level of the Polochic River causes flooding in El Esfuerzo neighborhood, Guatemala, file, July 28, 2022 Guatemalan migrants walking through Mexico on their way to the US, file, July 28, 2022 la prensa

 

A new mass of dust from the Sahara will enter Guatemala and leave the country on August 3

A new mass of dust from the Sahara will enter the national territory and spread over the next few days, the Insivumeh predicts.

By Oscar García

Publicado el 28 de julio de 2022  

  Map shows how the dust of the Sahara advances this Thursday, July 28. (Free Press Photo: Insivumeh Image)

The Insivumeh reported that this Thursday, July 28, low concentrations of dust from the Sahara are registered in most of the national territory, but it is expected that these values will begin to increase during this night due to the entry of a new mass of dust.

He added that high concentrations of dust are recorded in the department of PetÚn, and the north of Izabal and Alta Verapaz, where they reach concentrations of up to 67 μg/m3.

It foresees that the new mass of dust that will enter the country will leave the national territory next Wednesday, August 3.

It recommends that the population avoid exposure to air pollution, mainly people who are in sensitive groups (asthmatic people, or with respiratory problems).

If you are out of your home, wear a mask at all times to reduce the risk of inhalation of contaminants.

It also asks to be attentive to the bulletins issued, such as the measures that Conred and / or the Ministry of Health consider necessary.

The Sahara Desert is an almost uninterrupted brown band of sand and scrub in Africa.

Strong winds sweeping across the Sahara have caused dust clouds to travel from Africa, cross the Atlantic Ocean and reach the Americas, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The powder has relevance for the minerals it contains, mainly phosphorus, an essential nutrient for growth and plant proteins in tropical and subtropical regions.

A new mass of dust from the Sahara will enter Guatemala and leave the country on August 3 (prensalibre.com)

Migrants who were traveling in a trailer are rescued in Mexico, in the group there are 89 Guatemalans

Trailer in which Guatemalans and migrants of other nationalities were traveling was abandoned on a highway in Veracruz.

By Oscar García And AFP

Publicado el 28 de julio de 2022

  Every year thousands of migrants are intercepted in Mexico on their way to the United States. Illustrative image. (Free Press Photo: EFE)

The Foreign Ministry reported on Thursday, July 28, that staff from the Guatemalan Consulate in Acayucan, Veracruz, Mexico, provided assistance and protection to 89 nationals rescued on a highway with migrants of other nationalities.

The Guatemalans, of whom 55 are adults and the rest are family groups and unaccompanied children and adolescents (NNA), were transported in a trailer on July 27 at night.

The trailer was abandoned on the Acayucan-Sayula de Aleman highway.

Authorities found the vehicle and secured the migrants because they could not prove their legal stay in Mexico.

Once notified by Mexico's National Institute of Migration (INM), the Consular Mission went to the immigration station to interview the Guatemalans and verify their health status.

According to the Foreign Ministry, all the nationals are well, with the exception of three who injured their ankles when they got off the truck, for which they are receiving medical assistance.

In addition, the tabulation of information data on unaccompanied children and family groups is carried out.

Efforts are also being made with the INM and other Mexican authorities to coordinate the prompt return of Guatemalans, especially minors.

Migrants who were traveling in a trailer are rescued in Mexico, in the group there are 89 Guatemalans (prensalibre.com)

Dead, missing and injured: Conred reports almost two million people affected by rain this 2022

Guatemala accumulates almost two million affected by the 2022 rainy season and deaths exceed 25; there are also four missing.

By Oscar García

Publicado el 28 de julio de 2022

According to the report of the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred) of this Thursday, July 28, Guatemala accumulates 1 million 964 thousand 897 people affected by the rains in the 2022 season.

The report reports that 22,666 people have been treated and 8,695 have a record of having been evacuated.

The Conred added that 26 people have died this 2022 derived from incidents due to the rains and Alta Verapaz is the one that accumulates the most with 10 deaths.

There are also four missing people, 12 injured, 4,657 affected and 8,324 at risk. In total, the Conred has attended 1,169 incidents.

Infrastructure damage

There are currently 1,717 homes at risk, 1,070 with mild damage, 3,294 with moderate damage and 293 with severe damage.

There are also 326 roads affected, five destroyed, 68 bridges affected and 16 destroyed.

The Conred added that according to the Insivumeh, the greatest accumulated rainfall was recorded in the department of Guatemala, Esquipulas, Chiquimula; and in Puerto Barrios, Izabal.

He indicated that associated with the rains in the last 24 hours, the Conred system has registered five incidents, between these two floods in Panzós, Alta Verapaz; two landslides in the same department, one in Senahú and another in Tamahú.

There was also a landslide in San Jerónimo, Baja Verapaz; Inthe last few hours there were 5,464 people affected.

Dead, missing and injured: Conred reports almost two million people affected by rain this 2022 (prensalibre.com)

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