• By 17 August, the death toll after the Fuego volcano erupted on 3 June has reached 169 people, 256 remain missing.
• An estimate 3,210 people are currently living in official shelters, including more than 1,100 children.
• The Congress of the Republic did not authorize the extension of the Calamity State for the three most affected departments: Escuintla, Sacatepéquez and Chimaltenango. This will limit the implementation of actions aimed at affected populations
• Two departments remain in Red Alert: Chimaltenango and Sacatepequez, while Escuintla department is now in Yellow Alert level.
Emergency Operation Centers (COEs) continue operating in Guatemala City (National COE), Escuintla, Sacatepéquez and Chimaltenango.
• On 31 July, authorities started to transfer 97 families (307 people) from shelters to transitional family housing solutions known as ATUS (albergues temporales unifamiliares in Spanish).
• UNICEF continues to support actions in Education, Nutrition, WASH and Child Protection sectors.
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 hardest hit departments, with over 467,000 people affected – including 12,823 people evacuated. As of 17 August, 169 deaths have been confirmed and 256 people remain missing, mainly in Escuintla department. At least 3,210 people are currently living in 13 official shelters, while other families have sought shelter with relatives and friends. Two departments remain in Red Alert, and Emergency Operation Centres (COEs) continue operating in Guatemala City (National COE),
Escuintla, Sacatepéquez and Chimaltenango.
The Government authorities are currently investing great efforts in building transitional family housing solutions known as ATUS (Albergues Temporales Unifamiliares). In the department of Escuintla, 200 ATUS of 4 rooms each will be built, 128 have been completed and are currently functioning. In Alotenango, 46 have been finalised and are operational. The remaining 72 are expected to be operational in around 3 months.
On 31 July, authorities started relocating 97 families (about 307 people) from shelters to ATUS, starting with families originally from the San Miguel Los Lotes community (Escuintla department), where the effects of the volcano caused extensive damage These shelters will host the affected families while reconstruction works are in progress, which could take up to 18 months.