Tropical Storm Agatha – 29th of May 2010

Posted on May 30, 2010

30th of May 2010

Like it happens every year, the hurricane season in the Northern Hemisphere Tropics has started and the very first one on the Pacific Ocean side, called “Agatha” reached Guatemala on Saturday May 29th with a higher than normal amount of rainfall.

This is not unusual for us.  What is unusual is that the tropical storm arrived to the country right after the Pacaya Volcano eruption, leaving no time to remove the ashes from the city streets, roads, street rain drainages and airport runway. 
In “Third World” countries, natural disasters affect the most those that live in precarious conditions and those are a lot of people.   Mudslides and floods in the slumps around Guatemala City and rural villages located near steep ravines and hills have been evacuated and there are some persons dead and/or missing.  Governmental relief agencies are working hard to help these people.
The tourism industry as such is affected only by the fact that the Guatemala City International Airport will stay closed until Tuesday June 1st.    International airlines that fly to Guatemala are very well aware of that and one of the solutions that Four Directions is working with is to ask passengers to change their flight reservation from arriving to GUA to arriving to SAL (El Salvador) where we are meeting and transferring them reducing as much as possible an impact on their travel plans.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for any further information.
Alfonso & Diana Muralles

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