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USAID is responding to rising humanitarian needs in the Northern Triangle, including working with Catholic Relief Services to distribute food and hygiene kits to people affected by the storms in Guatemala.
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Key Developments

USAID is responding to rising humanitarian needs in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, and on April 6, 2021, deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to help people facing recurrent drought, food insecurity, and the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS Net) projects some households across the Dry Corridor, areas affected by Eta and Iota, and parts of northeastern Honduras and the Guatemalan highlands will likely continue to face Crisis levels of acute food insecurity through May 2022.

The United States government and co-hosts convened a high-level solidarity donor roundtable in support of United Nations Humanitarian Response Plans for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras in November.

State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration partner United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees provides critical multi-purpose cash assistance and protection assistance across Central America in August and September.


Guatemala is prone to a variety of natural hazards, including earthquakes, floods, landslides, and volcanic eruptions. Since 2006, USAID has responded to eight disaster events in Guatemala. USAID typically works with non-governmental organizations to meet humanitarian needs and complement government relief efforts. In addition to direct disaster assistance, USAID 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 donated urban search-and-rescue (USAR) equipment to CONRED and Guatemalan USAR teams as part of an ongoing commitment to strengthen national response capacity.










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Last updated: December 07, 2021

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