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Guatemala

Capital: Guatemala
Población: 12.7  millones de habitantes
Superficie: 108.890 km2
Densidad de población: 135 h/km2
Población urbana: 47.2%
Tasa de crecimiento demográfico: 2.4
Moneda: El Quetzal

2 - Indicadores socioeconómicos:

INDICADORES SOCIOECONOMICOS

Posición en el IDH *

118

PIB per cápita 

4,568 dólares

Índice de pobreza humana **

22.5

*Índice de Desarrollo Humano
**Mide expectativa de vida, educación y nivel de  vida digno

3 - División Administrativa: se subdivide en 14 departamentos (comprendidos en tres regiones)  y éstos a su vez en 262 municipios.

Departamento

Capital

Superficie

Población estimada (h.)

Alta Verapaz

Cobán

8.686

920.707

Baja Verapaz

Salamá

3.124

263.189

Chimaltenango

Chimaltenango

1.979

520.210

Chiquimula

Chiquimula

2.376

110.063

Escuintla

Escuintla

4.384

658.643

Guatemala

Guatemala

2.126

3.483.929

Huehuetenango

Huehuetenango

7.400

927.838

Izabal

Puerto Barrios

9.038

395.384

Jalapa

Jalapa

2.063

348.722

Jutiapa

Jutiapa

3.219

498.995

El Petén

Flores

35.854

397.632

El Progreso

Guastatoya

1.922

158.052

Quetzaltenango

Quetzaltenango

1.951

752.285

El Quiché

Santa Cruz del Quiché

8.378

717.879

Retalhuleu

Retalhuleu

1.856

311.881

Sacatepéquez

Antigua Guatemala

465

289.116

San Marcos

San Marcos

3.791

831.276

Santa Rosa

Cuilapa

2.955

332.321

Sololá

Sololá

1.061

371.634

Suchitepéquez

Mazatenango

2.510

469.340

Totonicapán

Totonicapán

1.061

435.646

Zacapa

Zacapa

2.690

259.256

Fuente: Cifras del Instituto Nacional de Estadística (INE) de Guatemala - 2002

 


Intense Rains Cause Severe Damage in the Region

In the last few weeks, heavy rains, landslides and floods have affected several countries in the Region (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, among others), that have caused emergency situations with personal and material losses.

In these types of emergencies PAHO/WHO recommends that the population increase hygiene measures, including washing hands with soap and water, storing food and medicine properly, and paying attention to the recommendations from authorities regarding the consumption of safe water.

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Tropical Storm Isaac

The final toll of Tropical Storm Isaac was two people dead in the U.S. and 24 in Haiti. In addition hundreds of thousands of people were left withtout electricity. In Haiti there was an increase in cholera cases and in the Dominican Republic  hundreds of people had to be moved to shelters. Also, in the Dominican Republic six hospitals and one health center were affected by the heavy rains. 

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Floods in Central America

The low pressure system that has hit Central America since October 10 has caused floods and landslides affecting 600,000 people in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua including 55,000 people displaced to 700 shelters in the countries. The Ministries of Health have reported damages to health centers and equipments, and loss of supplies. These issues put public health at risk if they are not addressed promptly. El Salvador has declared a national emergency, and Nicaragua and Guatemala has declared a state of emergency.

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The Cholera Epidemic Maintains its Hold in Haiti (10/21/2010)

Heavy Rains and Landslides Affect Guatemala (09/08/2010)

Earthquake in Chile - February 2010 (02/27/2010)

Earthquake in Haiti - January 2010 (01/13/2010)

Hurricane Ida - November 2009 (11/09/2009)

Pandemic (H1N1) - 2009 (04/30/2009)

2008 Hurricane Season (09/30/2008)

Tropical Storms of 2008 (06/09/2008)

Tropical Storm Olga - December 2007 (12/14/2007)

Tropical Storm Noel - November 2007 (10/29/2007)

Hurricane Felix - September 2007 (09/06/2007)

Hurricane Dean in the Caribbean and Mexico - August 2007 (08/17/2007)

Earthquake in Peru - August 2007 (08/16/2007)

Methanol Poisoning in Leon, Nicaragua - September 2006 (09/18/2006)

Volcano Tungurahua - August 2006 (08/16/2006)

Floods in Suriname - May 2006 (05/10/2006)

Floods in Bolivia - January/February 2006 (01/31/2006)

Hurricane Wilma - October 2005 (10/25/2005)

Hurricane Stan Affects Central America - October 2005 (10/07/2005)

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita - August 2005 (08/29/2005)

Hurricane Jeanne - September 2004 (09/18/2004)

Hurricane Ivan - September 2004 (09/09/2004)

Hurricane Frances - August/September 2004 (09/01/2004)

Torrential Rains and Flooding in the Dominican Republic and Haiti - May 2004 (05/21/2004)

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