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Guatemala decreta estado de calamidad por incendios forestales 

El presidente de Guatemala, Bernardo Arévalo, anunció el miércoles la declaración del estado de calamidad debido a los devastadores incendios forestales que están afectando todo el territorio del país centroamericano. 

En una conferencia de prensa en el Palacio Nacional de la Cultura, Arévalo enfatizó que el 80 por ciento de los incendios han sido provocados, incluyendo aquellos en lugares emblemáticos como los volcanes de Agua y Tajumulco, el basurero de Amatitlán y otros en Huehuetenango.

“Rechazamos estos actos que ponen en peligro la vida de los guatemaltecos porque la alta contaminación genera daños severos a la salud de las personas”, expresó el presidente Arévalo, subrayando la gravedad de la situación y la necesidad urgente de tomar medidas.

La medida de estado de calamidad estará en vigor durante 30 días en los departamentos de Escuintla, Guatemala y Petén, donde se han registrado la mayor cantidad de incendios. Su objetivo es “enfrentar esta emergencia de una forma más ágil”, explicó Arévalo, señalando la importancia de una respuesta rápida y coordinada.

De esta manera, el estado de calamidad permitirá al Gobierno guatemalteco agilizar y gestionar la ayuda internacional para obtener recursos adicionales, como aeronaves y otros insumos necesarios para combatir los incendios de manera eficaz.

La emergencia ha obligado a suspender las clases en centros escolares del área metropolitana del país desde el pasado lunes. Además, más de 200 personas han requerido atención médica por problemas respiratorios causados por la exposición a los gases del incendio en el vertedero de la Autoridad para el Manejo Sustentable de la Cuenca del Lago de Amatitlán (AMSA).

Por otro lado, según el Ministerio de Salud de Guatemala, se mantienen activos unos 40 incendios en todo el territorio nacional, y aproximadamente 7,344 hectáreas de bosques se han perdido desde noviembre debido a la temporada de incendios, que se espera concluya en junio del presente año. 

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