Source: The World

Almost 4,000 people have been evacuated from several villages by the strong eruption that continues in the volcano of Fuego, the fifth of 2018, which already affects more than 76,000 inhabitants, an official source reported today.

The National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred) explained that 24 incidents have occurred in the departments of Escuintla (11), Sacatepéquez (6) and Chimaltenango (7).

He explained that 3,925 people have been evacuated, 3,419 of them from villages in Escuintla, where three shelters were already set up, where 2,000 inhabitants have been moved.

According to the civil protection institution, the new eruption of the Fuego volcano, located 50 kilometers west of the Guatemalan capital, has already affected 76,145 people.

The evacuations are carried out in a preventive way to avoid any misfortune due to the activity of the colossus.

In private vehicles and those of the Conrad, families are moved, mostly, to a Santa Lucia stadium in the southern department of Escuintla.

In this place the Ministry of Defense has installed tents to house the evacuees.

Up to now, evacuations have been carried out in the villages of El Rodeo, La Reina, Guadalupe, El Zapote and the Santa Rosa neighborhood (Escuintla).

Also from the village Sangre de Cristo in the municipality of Yepocapa (Chimaltenango) and El Porvenir, in Alotenango (Sacatepéquez), all located on the slopes of the colossus, 3,763 meters high.

Volunteers of the Guatemalan Red Cross in conjunction with the Conred and members of the Army of Guatemala move water for consumption and food rations for people who have been housed in the Municipal Stadium of Escuintla.

La Conred said that 300 families residing in the village of Chuchú (Escuintla) do not want to evacuate despite the warning from the authorities.

From the colossus, pyroclastic flows flow towards the Seca and Santa Teresa ravines, while the ash of the volcano reaches 5,200 meters, explained the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh).

The activity is accompanied by strong explosions that generate constant avalanches towards the Ceniza, Taniluya, Seca, Honda and Las Lajas ravines.

The scientific entity warned that incandescence reaches up to 1,000 meters above the volcano, and reports of abundant ash fall in Panimaché, Sangre de Cristo, Santa Sofía and Palo Verde Estate, among others.

On June 3, the volcano of Fuego, the most active of the 32 that Guatemala has, recorded its most violent eruption that caused 190 deaths and more than 1.7 million affected.

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