Guatemala is highly exposed to natural disasters.

Hurricanes, landslides and volcanic activity are hazards thatoften impact the country. In 2010 alone, two consecutive disasters— Tropica Storm Agatha and the eruption of the Pacaya volcano —caused an estimated $1.55 billion of damage, accounting for 4.1percent of the country’s gross domestic product.

Each disaster has a devastating impact not only on lives andfamilies, but on livelihoods as well, often making financialrecovery difficult after a natural catastrophe. In turn, thisaffects the economy and impacts the country’s growth anddevelopment potential for years to come.

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