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Volcano Eruption in Guatemala

Your donations provide immediate, emergency assistance. With your help, we will procure supplies in Guatemala and distribute disaster health kits to survivors. Your gifts have already supplied 150 rescue workers with special kits containing socks, three masks, protective goggles, and medicines.

Latest reports indicate that 113 people are dead, hundreds are missing, thousands have been displaced, and 1.7 million people have been affected by the Fuego volcano eruption in Guatemala in early June. The volcano sent a flow of high-density hot lava blocks, pumice, ash, and volcanic gas over the towns and villages located near its slopes. Several towns have been completely destroyed. Victims were unable to outrun the speed of the high-velocity flow. This type of volcanic event is considered the most deadly because flows are impossible to escape and can travel for many miles.

The search for bodies was called off with nearly 200 people still missing. This disaster is not over yet and the suffering has only just begun. 

Survivor Dr. Carlos Jorge Rivera and his family lived in the now demolished village of San Miguel Los Lotes. They currently reside at a nearby makeshift evacuation shelter.
The local volunteer firefighter corps. received relief supplies from your donations to aid them in their search and rescue mission. The destructive Fuego volcano responsible for the devastation is seen in the background.
Rescue workers search for survivors in the small village of El Rodeo in the foothills of the Fuego volcano. CNN
Seven victims are carried in coffins through the streets of Alotenango, Guatemala. CNN
A rescue worker carries a child covered in ash to safety in El Rodeo, Guatemala. REUTERS
A map of the affected areas shows the far reaches of the volcanic explosion. CNN

*Photo Credits: (Top), (Thumbnail, previous page) NOE PEREZ/AFP/Getty Images

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.

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Physicians Density:
.93 physicians / 1,000 population
Life Expectancy:
72.3 years
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