After heavy rains from Tropical Depression 12-E and Hurricane Jova left parts of Guatemala flooded, DynCorp International team members working at the direction of the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Office of Aviation (INL/A, also known as the INL Air Wing program) were able to support humanitarian assistance efforts for those in isolated areas.
The Government of Guatemala’s Aviation Support Program (ASP), which is supported under DI’s Air Operations business, provided disaster relief flights in the northern province of Petén and southern provinces of Retalhuleu and Escuintla. In total, DI team members supported 18 sorties that transported 50 passengers and 20,365 pounds of relief supplies.
Hurricane Jova and Tropical Depression 12-E
In mid-October, Tropical Depression 12-E and Hurricane Jova hit parts of Mexico and Central America, causing heavy rainfall, floods and mudslides. The most affected areas were: Chimaltenango, El Progreso, Escuintla, Guatemala, Jalapa, Jutiapa, Petén, Quetzaltenango, Retalhuleu, San Marcos, Santa Rosa, Sololá, Suchitepéquez and Totonicapán.
With more than 470,000 residents affected, the Guatemalan government decreed a State of Public Calamity.
In more populated areas, roads and highways were damaged, electricity service was disrupted and thousands of homes were damaged. However, those in the isolated areas of Petén, Retalhuleu and Escuintla needed help the most.
Working at the direction of INL/A, the DynCorp International team provided assistance in coordination with the ASP and Guatemala’s disaster relief agency Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres (CONRED).
CONRED was established to prevent disasters or reduce their impact on the citizens of Guatemala and coordinate disaster relief efforts. The Executive Secretariat of CONRED, also known as SE-CONRED, is responsible for day to day management of the organization.
CONRED aims to communicate with Guatemalans on potential hazards, impending or actual disasters based on information provided by the National Institute for Seismology, Vulcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (INSIVUMEH), and for declaring states of alert. Once a disaster has been declared, it is responsible for the coordination of cross-sectoral disaster relief efforts.
CONRED is part of a Central American network of governmental disaster relief agencies known as the Coordination Center for the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America (CEPREDENAC).
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