Volcano in Guatemala erupts, affecting 1.7 million people

Volcán Fuego – translated as volcano of fire – the most active volcano in Central America erupted about 27 miles from Guatemala City on Sunday, June 3, and has claimed the lives of at least 69 residents but the death toll continues to rise.

Pictured is Angela with her aunt Brenda. CRS is working with our partner Caritas Escuintla on an emergency response.
Photo by Ivan Palma/CRS

Catholic Relief Services is working closely with government and local responders to offer assistance to the many families who have been affected by the eruption which has completely blanketed the surrounding areas in ash. Residents from the affected communities have been lining up since Monday, June 4 at shelters and collection centers for food and basic needs. More people will need help in the coming days as numbers continue to double at shelters and the number of deaths increases.

CRS has established a donation page for those who wish to contribute to the relief efforts in Guatemala. To send your donation to Catholic Relief Services in Guatemala, click the button below.

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