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Guatemala OCHA- Situation Report No. 1 (as of 04 June 2018) Volcanic Eruption of Fuego Volcano

On June 3rd, the Fuego volcano, located approximately 40 km from capital city of Guatemala City began erupting column of ashes and pyroclastic flows.

According to preliminary information provided by the national disaster authority (CONRED), 65 people were killed, 46 were injured, 3,271 people were evacuated and approximately 1,916 people are currently in shelters. More than 1.7 million people have been indirectly affected by the consequences of the eruption.

 The most affected areas are: Chimaltenango, Sacatepéquez, Escuintla, Mixco and some areas of Guatemala City.

 The Congress of the Republic declared a state of public emergency in the departments of Chimaltenango, Escuintla and Sacatepéquez.

 The Aurora International Airport was closed due to the presence of volcanic sand, but is now operational.

 CONRED is leading relief operations. There has been no request for international assistance, despite some areas being inaccessible.

 Extensive needs assessments to identify critical needs are ongoing. 

Preliminary needs have been identified in health, shelter and WASH sectors.

 The Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) is actively monitoring the situation, ready to support national authorities.

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Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
04 Jun 2018
Document type: 
Situation Report
Coordination hub(s): 
Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC)
Disaster(s)/Emergency: 
Guatemala: Fuego Volcano - Jun 2018