400,000 Guatemalans Face Dangerous Food Shortage

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Guatemalan officials warn that thousands of families in the Central American country are dangerously short on food due to uncooperative weather, poor soil and the troubled global economy.

Guatemalan presidential spokesman Ronaldo Robles says the government estimates that 400,000 families are "at risk of food insecurity."

Robles said Tuesday that officials may declare a state of emergency to quickly bring in funds and resources.

About 13 million people live in Guatemala. The crisis is focused in six provinces known as the "dry corridor," a region that faces annual food shortages.

Last week, a U.N. official attributed Guatemala's failure to defeat hunger to its unequal distribution of wealth.