Marcos Coronado is in his early forties and is a labourer. He has been with his wife Johanna Guzman aged 36 for ten years. They have three children; Marcos Jr. is ten and Yorlene is seven. The family had been living happily together in San Marcos in Guatemala’s Esquipulas Pala Gorda when a 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific coast of the Central American country destroying their livelihoods in seconds. Johanna had given birth to a baby girl ten days before.
The Coronado family is just one of hundreds of families in San Marcos whose lives have been rocked by the disaster on November 7. As the quake hit, their home was quickly reduced to rubble along with more than 1,200 others in the surrounding area. Many more have been damaged and over 1,250 have been deemed unsuitable for living in. Although thousands of people have taken refuge in official shelters, many still live in fear of additional aftershocks and collapses.
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