Guatemala warns of high waves, heavy flooding

18:42, August 24, 2010      

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Guatemala will be faced with high waves and heavy flooding throughout the week, due to tropical storm Frank, which passed by the nation on Sunday, it is reported.

Guatemala's National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology is predicting sea waves of 3.8 meters high on Monday and Tuesday, which will reduce gradually to 2.7 meters by Sunday. Wind speed is expected to be around 24 km per hour (kph), dropping to about 14 kph by Sunday.

Many Guatemalans experienced heavy rains at the weekend as the storm moved close to the country's Pacific coast, which triggered flooding in some regions around its capital, Guatemala City.

The Guatemalan National Disaster Reduction Coordination Agency said that across the nation, 3,404 people had sought help from it following incidents caused by the flooding, including collapse of homes and property losses.

At the end of June, Guatemala suffered a direct hit from tropical storm Agatha, which killed 176 people in Guatemala, 13 in Mexico and eight more in other Central American countries. The losses were estimated by authorities to be close to 1 billion U.S. dollars.



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