The Israeli Embassy in Guatemala in cooperation with MASHAV and the local Jewish community delivered much needed emergency aid to the survivors of the devastating mudslide which hit a community on the outskirts of Guatemala City.
Earlier this month, a hillside collapsed on the Santa Catarina Pinula town, on the edge of Guatemala City. Loosened by heavy rains, tons of dirt and trees tumbled onto the valley severely hitting the Cambray II community, burying homes in earth and sludge and causing hundreds of casualties. The area has been declared inhabitable by Guatemala’s National Disaster Reduction Commission, and many displaced survivors are housed in temporary shelters.
In wake of the disaster, the Israeli Embassy in Guatemala, jointly with the Jewish community CADENA and MASHAV immediately contacted the local authorities to map out urgent needs. Following this assessment they organized the delivery of an emergency cargo containing medications, preserved food and clothing. The Embassy’s staff will remain in contact with Guatemala’s National Disaster Reduction Commission and the Santa Catarina Pinula municipality to continue assistance.
Delivering the emergency cargo to the Mayor of Santa Catarina Pinula, Victor Alvarizaes Monterroso (center): Yoav Katz, Israel’s Consul in Guatemala and representatives of the Jewish community