Hurricane Stan pounded Central America and Mexico last week. Sadly, the hurricane hit while Guatemala was in a rainy season. The hurricane caused heavy rain, terrible flooding, and mudslides. One thousand people were killed. Hundreds more of people are still missing.
Floods and mudslides happened when Stan buried parts of Guatemala.They cut off villages getting help. Boats and helicopters are finally bringing much needed relief to Guatemalans. Two hundred schools were ruined and 50 percent of the country's crops were destroyed.
Virgilio Perez, a 23-year-old farmer, said he was afraid to live there now. He is one of the residents that hopes to move to safer land. Most farmers will not be able to afford new land to grow new crops.
Flooding and mudslides killed more than 130 people in El Salvador, Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Honduras. More than 500,000 people were left homeless from southern Mexico to El Salvador.
I am glad that people are trying to help other people locate new homes.
What do you think of the disaster in Guatemala?