San Diego - June 11, 2018 - San Diego-based International Relief Teams (IRT) is supplying relief aid to victims of the devastating volcano eruption in Guatemala. The Fuego volcano pushed high-velocity flows of gas, ash, and lava down its slopes, destroying villages in its wake and killing at least 110 people, according to latest reports. Hundreds are still missing and thousands are displaced. The volcano continues to erupt and more evacuations have been ordered.
Working with our in-country partner, ICADA, IRT immediately provided critically needed masks, goggles, boots, socks and medication to local volunteers providing search and rescue operations. IRT is now procuring disaster health kits to support victims residing in makeshift evacuation centers who have lost their loved ones, their homes and their livelihoods.
IRT has 30 years of experience in assisting victims of disasters, both nationally and internationally. Since 1986, IRT has delivered more than $372 million in humanitarian aid to those in desperate need. IRT has been providing aid in Guatemala, where more than half of the population lives below the poverty line, since 1992. We provided food to more than 26,000 Guatemalan families affected by Hurricane Stan from 2005 to 2007. We have sent medical teams to conduct surgery clinics and eyeglass screenings and have provided nutritional support to more than 300,000 children and families.
International Relief Teams alleviates the suffering caused by poverty and disaster around the globe, from the forgotten corners of the world to right here at home, by sending volunteer teams and medical supplies to bring immediate relief to the world’s most vulnerable people. For more information visit: http://www.irteams.org. Also see us on Facebook.