Further Volcanic Activity from the 'Volcano of Fire'

From the night of Sunday, November 18th through the morning of Monday, November 19th, Volcan de Fuego (“Volcano of Fire”) experienced an increase in activity, and the inhabitants of nearby communities were alerted.
November 20, 2018 - Guatemala

Volcan de Fuego photography by CONRED

"NPH Guatemala has continued to help the victims of Volcan de Fuego every week since the eruption of June 3rd. With the reactivation of the Volcano yesterday and today, NPH Guatemala will continue to provide support," said Orlando Ramos, National Director of NPH Guatemala, in response to recent further volcanic activity from the same volcano that erupted this past June, sparking a need for immediate humanitarian response.

According to local authorities, through official bulletins, INSIVUMEH (Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology) and CONRED (Coordinator for Disaster Reduction) reported that the eruptions are similar to those that caused the catastrophe on June 3rd.

However, due to the climatic conditions and the increase in the characteristic wind of the season, a lower amount of ash rain was reported, this time only in the southwest of the country.

The authorities in charge of the victims’ shelter have restricted access for many, due to the chaotic nature of the evacuations following this past weekend’s eruption and the lack of space and capacity to meet the various needs. However, they continue allowing NPH Guatemala to carry out their weekly volunteering activities normally.

NPH Guatemala has been working with government entities to support victims from June 3rd to the present day, coordinating or carrying out various activities with children and adults.

"There have been about 10 different projects for the relief victims,” says Saraí Zeceña, Integral Workshop Coordinator at NPH Guatemala. Giving one example, she describes a workshop where people participate in “making basic and artistic candles. The workshop is focused on women and girls in the shelter in Alotenango. Between 30 and 50 people participate weekly."

"Carrying out projects in the shelters is an opportunity to share ideas about sustainability, and opens a door to caring for the environment, so we are already working on projects for the children in the shelter," said Thomas Dempsey, Coordinator at NPH Guatemala of our ‘Green Team,’ which carries out educational and recreational activities that promote better care for the environment.

The Coordinator of Religion at NPH Guatemala, Marvin Lantan, stated that on November 19th, a donation of basic products was delivered, but he is waiting for a report of shelter needs to use as a future action plan for NPH.

Recently, a donation was given to the Volunteer Firefighters of Parramos and Itzapa, according to the needs communicated outwards following the catastrophe of June 3rd.

"We can have all the necessary personnel, but without the basic tools we can not provide services. We are aware that we cannot be paid, but we are satisfied and happy with this help because without a doubt it has been God who has done a miracle. Our one passion is to serve and do good deeds," says 31-year-old Jose Silveriano, who has been a Volunteer Firefighter for 14 years.

Thanks to the whole NPH family, the Volcan de Fuego victims and rescuers have been able to move forward from this tragedy. Although it is a difficult road ahead, as this more recently eruption reminds us, NPH will be present to continue supporting however we are able to.

Sofia López   
Communcation Officer




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