Latter-day Saint volunteers are helping with relief efforts in Central America following Sunday’s eruption of Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano, located 25 miles southwest of Guatemala City. All missionaries are safe, but hundreds of people were evacuated as ash was dispersed over a nine-mile radius. More than 60 people were killed, with additional people missing. Two members of the Church are among those still listed as missing. At least five Latter-day Saints were taken to the hospital with severe burns.
More than 100 Mormon Helping Hands volunteers have gathered at a collection center with other organizations to help distribute food and other supplies to displaced residents. Thousands of people are staying in shelters, which includes the Church’s Escuintla Guatemala Stake Center.
As of yesterday, the following infographic was shared on the Guatemalan Mormon Newsroom page detailing how the disaster had affected the country:
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