Agencies Shift Relief Efforts to Offer Long-Term Recovery for Guatemalan Floods Survivors

Relief agencies aiding Guatemalan flood survivors are shifting their focus to long-term rehabilitation following a declaration by Guatemalan authorities Wednesday to enter the reconstruction phase of the recovery process.

Agencies Shift Relief Efforts to Offer Long-Term RGuatemalan army soldiers fill a U.S. Army Chinook helicopter with relief supplies bound for flood victims,in Guatemala City October 12, 2005. (Photo: REUTERS / Daniel Aguilar)

According to the latest statement released by the Lutheran World Relief (LWR), the updated official reports from the Guatemalan government confirmed 652 people dead, 384 missing and 99 injured in Guatemala.

Ricardo Lemus, Guatemalan municipal fire department spokesman, told the Associated Press (AP) Wednesday, "there are no longer any rescues taking place, or searches