On 3rd June, Volcan de Fuego erupted in Guatemala for the second time this year, causing severe devastation to its surrounding areas. The situation is critical and remains rapidly developing. However, there are currently over 60 reported fatalities and 2 million are said to have been affected by the largest and most violent eruption in over four decades. Thousands have been evacuated, yet some remote villages remain unreachable and communities cannot access aid.
IsraAID's Emergency Response Team arrived in Guatemala on 5 June. The team will distribute essential relief items, to meet the urgent needs identified by the affected communities including, hygiene products; baby care items such as diapers and wipes; towels and underwear. In addition, the team will assess immediate Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), and Mental Health and Psycho-social (MHPSS) needs.
The first few days following a disaster are crucial towards minimizing its long-term destructive effects. Beyond that, as part of IsraAID's core emphasis on long-term, sustainable recovery, the team will coordinate and engage with local authorities and communities to a) build a longer-term recovery strategy, and b) share expertise and knowledge in sectors such as, Psycho-social support and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, which IsraAID has accrued in 17 years of operations across 46 countries.