UNICEF Guatemala Humanitarian Situation Report No. 3 (12 July 2018)



• By 12 July, the death toll after the Fuego volcano erupted on 3 June has reached 113 people, 319 remain missing.

• An estimate 3,587 people are currently living in official shelters, including approximately 1,400 children.

• Around 16,000 children and adolescents who were out of school for over a month since the volcano eruption, are now back in schools as education activities resumed on 9 July.

• The Government has requested Congress to extend the State of Calamity for an additional month, for the three most affected departments: Escuintla, Sacatepéquez and Chimaltenango.

• The three most-affected departments remain in red alert, and the Emergency Operation Centers (COEs) continue operating in Guatemala City (National COE), Escuintla, Sacatepéquez and Chimaltenango.

• Authorities are currently building “temporary family shelters” as a transitional housing solution for families currently living in shelters, while the construction of permanent housing continues. Moving to family shelters will start in the coming weeks.

• UNICEF´s proposals to the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) – Rapid Response Window were approved for the areas of Education, Child Protection, Nutrition, Water, sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).


No. of children affected

No. of people affected
(CONRED, 12 July 2018)

No. of children in shelter

No. of people in shelters
(CONRED, 12 July 2018)

Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs

According to the National Coordination for Disaster Reduction (CONRED), the Fuego volcano eruption left over 1.7 million people affected across several departments in Guatemala; Escuintla, Sacatepéquez and Chimaltenango were the worst affected by the emergency. After the eruption, entire communities were buried under volcanic material, resulting in the death of 113 people. Near 3,587 people are currently living in official shelters, while other families have sought shelter with relatives and friends. The number of missing people rose from 197 by 4 July, to 319 by 12 July.

The three most-affected departments remain in Red alert, and Emergency Operation Centres (COEs) continue operating in Guatemala City (National COE), Escuintla, Sacatepéquez and Chimaltenango.

As part of the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA), UN System partners – in coordination with the World Bank, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the European Union – have produced the first draft sectoral reports which will be part of the final report to be prepared by the Guatemalan authorities. UNICEF was responsible for preparing the Education chapter in collaboration with UNESCO, and contributed in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector. UNICEF was also part of the team responsible for the Human Impact Assessment (HIA), which covered considerations regarding livelihoods, education, social protection, food security, gender and child protection, among others. The results of the assessment were presented on July 11 to the Government trough the Economic Cabinet and are expected to be published in August by General Secretariat of Planning and Programming-SEGEPLAN. Main results indicate damages of Q.926.1 million (US$ 125.1 million), losses of Q.468.1 million (US$ 63.3million) and needs of Q. 247 million (US$ 33.4 million).