On June 3, 2018 around 12 PM the Fuego Volcano (located 30 miles from Guatemala City) erupted, spewing ash, rocks and gas into the air. This eruption is considered to be one of the strongest from the Fuego Volcano in more than a century. Hours later, a second powerful eruption followed at 6:45 PM.
At first word of the natural disaster, Habitat for Humanity Guatemala staff began to reach out to its partner families, local volunteer committee members and others in the area. After receiving confirmation that all were safe, we received news that many others had been affected. A Red Alert Emergency was declared for the affected areas of Chimaltenango, Escuintla, and Sacatepéquez (all of which are departments in Guatemala) and an Orange Alert for the remaining 19 departments was also put in place by the government.
Since then, the following numbers have been confirmed:
Number of individuals affected: 1.7 million +
Number of households affected: 300,000
Number of fatalities: 33 (expected to rise)
Number of injuries: 46 (expected to rise)
Number of houses damaged or destroyed: TBD
Number of evacuees: 3,265
Number of individuals in temporary shelters: 1,711
Habitat for Humanity Guatemala has determined that we will participate in relief efforts by carrying out the following actions:
- Activation of a protocol of alert and response with the intention to establish communication and develop a monitoring and management of risk.
- Coordination with different organizations and institutions across Guatemala that work in the area of disaster response.
- Donation drives set up at local affiliate offices and national office.
- Fundraising on national and international levels.
- Distribution of Emergency Kits to affected families.
- Assistance to existing shelters with Habitat Guatemala products.
- Involvement of staff, partner families, and local volunteers.
You can participate in said relief efforts by donating through this Crowdrise page. We appreciate all of your messages of solidarity and support and your prayers for Guatemala during this difficult time.