Guatemala's most violent volcanic eruption in more than a century has devastated villages around the Fuego Volcano.
UPDATE #4 June 11, 2018
The HOPE worldwide Guatemala team has been serving food, collecting and delivering supplies and delivering lifesaving medicines to the areas Escuintla area all week. Some of the brothers and sisters from Escuintla evacuated early in the week, but most have returned to Escuintla and are assisting wherever they can.
Estuardo Vasquez provided the following numbers for the San Miguel Los Lotes School that HOPE worldwide Guatemala supports.
240 total students
8 confirmed killed
65 found alive in various shelters (35 were found this morning as far away as Antigua)
167 Still Missing
The brothers and sisters in Escuintla and GC are actively looking in refugee centers/shelters for the missing.
The first $10,000 in medications should be received Wednesday. Walter and I are flying to GC on Friday, June 15th to provide support to Estuardo and his team and the Church, assess the situation and hand carry the first round of medications.
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God Bless and keep praying for the families of those lost and still missing!
The Fuego Volcano, located about 25 miles southwest of Guatemala City, erupted on June 3rd, 2018.
The official death toll is 75 killed and over 200 missing. Rescue efforts continue in the immediate area.
Several emergency shelters have been opened in Escuintla. Local HOPE worldwide volunteers and staff delivered medicines and emergency prepositioned supplies from the HOPE worldwide Guatemala City Clinic to Escuintla the evening of June 4 and plan to provide additional medications and supplies in the coming days. HOPE worldwide has also provided emergency financial relief.
An alert yesterday to evacuate brought a large-scale evacuation of Escuintla.
Local leaders have informed that no HOPE worldwide volunteers or local church supporters are injured.
Tragically, at least 1 student from the San Miguel Los Lotes School that HOPE worldwide supports near the Volcano of Fire has been reported killed.
HOPE worldwide received the good news that 21 of the students have been found alive with 200 of the school’s students still unaccounted for.
Volcanic Eruptions can be unpredictable as far as severity and length of time. HOPE worldwide is mobilizing resources to best help the communities in Guatemala. HOPE worldwide is providing an emergency shipment of medications and will continue to work with the local HOPE worldwide staff to develop a long-term response and recovery plan. For several years, we have been providing health services to the communities in Guatemala.
Please pray for the situation.
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