• Crisis Severity ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Impact ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Humanitarian Conditions ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Complexity ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Access Constraints ?
    No constraints
    Extreme constraints

Key figures

  • 1,940 Fatalities reported [?]
  • 3,060,000 People in Need [?]
  • 2,492,000 Moderate humanitarian conditions - Level 3 [?]
  • 568,000 Severe humanitarian conditions - Level 4 [?]



Guatemala is situated between El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico, and forms part of the Dry Corridor of Central America. It has one of the region’s largest economies but is also one of the most socially unequal and most dangerous countries. ? Guatemala is experiencing prolonged seasonal dryness in eastern and western regions, causing crop losses of basic grains (e.g. corn and beans) and resulting in people adopting negative coping strategies such as changing their diets, reducing quantity and quality of their food and quickly depleting their incomes on market purchases to fill gaps, particularly  in the western areas, leading to increased Crisis (IPC 3) food security outcomes. An estimated 6.5 million people, equivalent to 38% of the total population, will face Crisis and Emergency (IPC 4) food security outcomes over 2018-2023.?

Violence in Guatemala, and other countries of Central America, creates significant protection issues, especially for women, and poses a major constraint for humanitarian access. In October and November 2018, an estimated 7,000-10,000 migrants left Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala to form two large caravans and additional smaller groups travelling towards the United States border. The migrants aimed to escape violence and persecution, improve their economic situation, or reunite with their families. ?

The government, with the support of several INGOs, continues to respond to the impact of Fuego Volcano’s eruptions in June and November 2018.

INFORM measures Guatemala's risk of a humanitarian crisis and disaster for 2019 as High at 5.5/10. ?

Latest Developments


No recent significant humanitarian developments. This crisis is being monitored by our analysis team.

Info Gaps

  • Lack of official figure on number of internally displaced people