The photographs on this page were taken during November and December 1998 in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch.
This is a US Army Chinook helicopter sitting at the airport in Guatemala City. We thought that this type of helicopter would be bringing us emergency food aid in the Ixcán from Puerto Barrios. Wrong!
This is the Russian built biplane that brought three loads of food from Puerto Barrios when it was still uncertain as when the road from Playa Grande to Coban would be cleared for traffic. Later on most of the relief food was brought in by truck.
One planeload would fill a F350 Ford pick-up truck.
Here is the food broken down in to family size rations in the Ixcán community hall and then loaded on a CHF truck to take to three of the communities affected by the overflow of the Chixoy River.
The CHF truck near Sonora, Ixcán and unloading emergency rations in Las Muñecas, Ixcán.
Go to Bridge Site and Mayaland - June 1999
Go to AMVI Gravel Extraction - Chixoy River - June 1999
Go to La Quema - Slash & Burn Agriculture - June 1999
Go to CIT Communities in Transition Introductory Page
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Last Updated June 26 1999
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