Guatemala volcano eruption: more than 1.7 million people affected
On June 3, 2018, the Fuego volcano began its second eruption of the year with strong explosions. Ash columns reached 15,000 metres above sea level, moving west and south west. A national orange alert was declared by Guatemala’s president on the same day.
UNICEF is working with partners to provide essential support and services to the more than 650,000 children and adolescents living in areas affected by the eruption of Guatemala’s Fuego volcano. Over 12,000 people have been evacuated so far, while some 3,700 people – including hundreds of children – are now staying in emergency shelters.
"During emergencies like this, children may lose access to proper food and nutrition, healthcare, protection, safe water and sanitation,” said Carlos Carrera, UNICEF Representative in Guatemala. “It is imperative that we ensure affected children, including those now living in shelters, stay healthy and safe from disease and violence.”
Several children have been burned by the ashes of the volcano, and they are currently receiving medical treatment.
UNICEF and partners working to save lives and meet urgent needs of most vulnerable children.
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- Participation in damage and needs assessment missions
- Activation of WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), Nutrition and Child protection programs
- Child protection
- Support with family reunification for separated children
- Distribution of the following to families in need:
- Clean water and hygiene kits
- Mattresses for shelters
- Assistance with psycho-social support
- Assistance with nutrition education for parents of young children
- Assistance with education (e.g., essential school supplies, such as our School-in-a-Box Kit)
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