Guatemala: Fuego Volcano - Jun 2018Ongoing
On 3 June, the Fuego volcano erupted for the second time in 2018, launching columns of ash and pyroclastic flow some 15,000m above sea level and spreading west and southwest, according to a special bulletin issued by the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (INSIVUMEH). Several areas reported the fall of ash and small rocks, including Chimaltenango, Sacatepéquez, Escuintla, Mixco and some areas in Guatemala City. The debris generated by the thunderous explosions travelled some 40km, carried by westward winds, affecting the north-western, northern, and western areas of the country. Several moderate pyroclastic flows descended towards the areas of Seca, Ceniza, Mineral, Taniluya, Las Lajas and Barranca Onda. Communities such as Sangre de Cristo, Finca Palo Verde, Panimaché I and II and others near the volcano were evacuated by the fire brigades, National Coordination for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) first response teams, Guatemalan armed forces personnel and other organizations who are providing aid in affected areas. (OCHA, 4 Jun 2018)
On 6 June, the National Institute for Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (INSIVUMEH) reported that the accumulation of volcanic material resulted in lahar flows down the Seca and Mineral ravines, both of which are tributaries of the Pantaleón river...A red alert remains in place for the Escuintla, Sacatepéquez and Chimaltenango departments, as well as in the municipalities of Escuintla, Alotenango, Yepocapa and Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa. The institutional alert level remains at orange...As of 7 June 2018, 1,713,566 people have been affected, 99 people have been killed, 58 people have been injured and 4,137 people are in shelters. CONRED has 21 registered shelters in the departments of Escuintla (17), Sacatepéquez (1), Santa Rosa (2) and Suchitepéquez (1). The number of people sheltered continues to rise. (OCHA, 7 Jun 2018)
As of 18 July, the National Institute of Forensic Sciences has identified 118 victims of 240 cases received in the mortuary of Escuintla, department to which most of the deceased correspond.
The eruption of the Fuego volcano left 121 dead, 300 missing and more than 1.7 million affected.
As a consequence of the eruption, the Government of Guatemala, through an inter-institutional action led by the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction, had to attend 108 incidents that included landslides on roads, one of which was destroyed, damages to schools and assistance to survivors, among others. (Gov't of Guatemala, 18 Jul 2018)
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