1949 Eastern Guatemalan Floods
Starting September 28, Guatemala witnessed a devastating two-week flood marathon that shook the entire country. It killed nearly 40,000 people and put a major dent in the country’s economy. It is believed to have wiped off almost every major infrastructure of the country.
The nearby countries rushed with the relief packages to dilute the havoc created by the catastrophe.
It all started with a furious storm that then further triggered a series of destructive floods across the country. Post-flood landslides caused further destruction impacting the towns of Quetzaltenango, San Marcos and Escuintla severely.