UN ready to help earthquake-hit Guatemala, says Ban Ki-moonListen /
The United Nations is ready to help authorities in Guatemala which was hit by a 7.4 magnitude earthquake on Wednesday, says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
The earthquake which was reportedly centred off the Pacific coast of Guatemala struck during the working hours leaving more than 40 people dead.
UN spokesman, Martin Nesirky says the Secretary-General is saddened by the loss of life and the damage to homes and infrastructure as a result of the disaster.
"He extends his sincere condolences to the Guatemalan government and people, particularly the families of those who have been killed or otherwise affected in this disaster. The United Nations stands ready to lend its assistance to efforts already under way by the Guatemalan authorities to respond to humanitarian needs created by the disaster and to mobilize any international support needed for that response." (Duration: 24")