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Guatemala Landslide: Tragedy Unveils Deep-Seated Socio-Economic Issues

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María Alejandra Trujillo
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Guatemala Landslide: Tragedy Unveils Deep-Seated Socio-Economic Issues

A devastating landslide in Guatemala's capital has led to the disappearance of at least six people, with thirty affected, sixty evacuated, and five homes severely damaged. The incident occurred in the Las Calaveras sector, El Gallito colony, near the historic center. The search for the missing has commenced, led by the Disaster Reduction Coordinator (Conred) and rescuers. This type of tragedy is not alien to the region; another river overflow at the end of September resulted in ten deaths and disappearances in a nearby sector.

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The Underlying Crisis

Extreme poverty in Guatemala, where 59% of its 17.7 million inhabitants live in poverty, has forced many families to build precarious homes in dangerous places, such as ravines and river margins. There is an estimated housing deficit of two million homes in the country, according to the Guatemalan Chamber of Construction (CGC) and the National Association of Home Builders (Anacovi).

The Human Toll

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These landslides are more than just natural disasters; they are a reflection of the socio-economic conditions of the people. The affected families, already living on the brink of poverty, have now lost their homes and loved ones. The immediate need is for rescue and relief, but the long-term solution lies in addressing the issues of poverty and housing.

Parallel Rescue Operations in India

In an unrelated topic, rescue teams in India have drilled three-quarters of the tunnel where 41 workers were trapped 11 days ago. This highlights the global nature of such disasters and the challenges faced by emergency services in responding to them.

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