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Guatemala: Heavy rainfall causes flooding and landslides near Fuego Volcano as of early Aug. 29

Heavy rainfall causes flooding and landslides near Fuego Volcano, Guatemala, as of early Aug. 29. Communities isolated.

Event

Heavy rainfall since late Aug. 27 has resulted in localized flooding and landslides near Fuego Volcano as of early Aug. 29. The landslides have isolated the communities of San Pedro Yepocapa and Escuintla. Further heavy rainfall could lead to additional flooding and landslides as well as hamper recovery efforts.

Transport
Flooding could block regional rail lines; freight and passenger train delays and cancellations are possible in areas that see heavy rainfall and potential track inundation.

Floodwaters and debris flows may render bridges, rail networks, or roadways impassable, resulting in overland travel disruptions in and around affected areas. Ponding on road surfaces could cause hazardous driving conditions on regional highways. Authorities could temporarily close some low-lying routes that become inundated by floodwaters. Severe weather could also trigger flight delays and cancellations at airports across the affected region.

Localized business disruptions are likely in low-lying areas; some businesses might not operate at full capacity because of flood damage to facilities, possible evacuations, and employees’ inability to reach work sites. Disruptions to electricity and telecommunications services are also possible where significant flooding impacts utility networks. Residual disruptions are likely once flooding has subsided as authorities work to clear debris and any flood damage.

Advice

Monitor local media for weather updates and related advisories. Confirm all transport reservations and business appointments before travel. Allow extra time for travel in the affected area and plan alternative routes if necessary. Do not drive on flooded roads.

Resources

National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology of Guatemala

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