On June 1, 2010, tropical storm Agatha battered much of Central America, including Guatemala, where 250 people were killed or went missing and at least 125,000 others lost their homes, livelihoods, and small trades. Action Against Hunger mounted an emergency response for 50,000 people in the hard-hit area of Escuintla, where severe flooding contaminated drinking water and threatened food supplies for thousands of families.
In Guatemala since 1998, Action Against Hunger responded to the immediate needs of the affected population by helping families left homeless by the storm relocate to shelters and other safe spaces; distributing emergency food provisions of corn, beans, sugar, oil, and vitamin supplements; and supplying tools to assist the local population with clean-up efforts. Already providing ongoing support to people affected by Hurricane Stan, which destroyed large swaths of the country in 2005, ACF teams rehabilitated damaged wells and restored safe water in areas where supplies were contaminated by the recent flooding.
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