Guatemala CONRED Destroyed Houses
Responders conduct search-and-rescue operations following an October 2015 landslide in El Cambray II village that killed at least 280 people and left hundreds of people without shelter.

Key Developments

On October 1, 2015, a rain-induced landslide in the El Cambray II village of Guatemala’s Santa Catarina Pinula municipality affected approximately 1,000 people, resulted in at least 280 deaths, and destroyed an estimated 125 houses, according to the Government of Guatemala (GoG). The GoG National Coordinator for Disaster Management (CONRED) led the landslide response and coordinated assistance for landslide-affected families, many of whom required shelter assistance.

On October 7, 2015, U.S. Ambassador Todd D. Robinson declared a disaster due to the effects of the landslide. In response, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) provided $50,000 through USAID/Guatemala to Project Concern International to support temporary shelter interventions for landslide-affected households.


Guatemala is prone to a variety of natural hazards, including earthquakes, floods, landslides, and volcanic eruptions. Since 2006, USAID/OFDA has responded to eight disaster events in Guatemala. USAID/OFDA typically works with non-governmental organizations to meet humanitarian needs and complement government relief efforts. In addition to direct disaster assistance, USAID/OFDA supports ongoing disaster risk reduction activities and capacity building initiatives for disaster response in Guatemala and the larger Latin America and Caribbean region. For example, in 2012, USAID/OFDA donated urban search-and-rescue (USAR) equipment—valued at $25,000—to CONRED and Guatemalan USAR teams as part of an ongoing commitment to strengthen national response capacity.


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Last updated: March 23, 2017

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