UPDATE AUGUST 1: Fuego Volcano erupted on June 3 near Alotenango, Guatemala. Volcanic rock and ash reached as far as 25 miles away, completely burying communities closest to the volcano. All WINGS medical staff and administrative personel are safe.
WINGS' initial response was to provide support to the families of our Volunteer Health Promoter and Youth Leader who lived in the area.
To date, the Government has put the official number of deaths at 161, and 197 missing. But these numbers are misleading and not complete. Non-governmental data from institutions and people working directly with affected families at Ground Zero estimate the number of dead at approximately 250, with some 750-1500 missing and still buried under 10 feet of sand and ash. The human tragedy is grave and still unfolding.
WINGS is working with other local NGOs to help coordinate efforts and identify needs. We have committed funds to help in three efforts: