Posted: Tuesday, June 5, 2018. 2:20p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: Today, the Belize Red Cross officially launched a monetary appeal to assist victims of Guatemala’s catastrophic ‘Fuego Volcano’ eruption that occurred on Sunday.
Belizeans wishing to assist financially can take in cash donations to the National Society’s Headquarters at 1 Gabourel Lane, Belize City. Donors can also call telephone number 207-3319 for more information or deposit the funds into any of the following bank accounts:
Belize Red Cross Disaster Appeal Account:
Heritage Bank Ltd. – A/C # 1082665
Belize Bank Ltd. – A/C 135648010120001
Scotia Bank Belize – A/C 9133246
The deadly volcano eruption sent pyroclastic flows and ash across a 15-kilometer radius and as many as 1.7 million people may have been affected.
Authorities continue to evacuate communities from the danger zone, and yesterday morning some 3,100 people were moved to safety and further evacuations are still ongoing.
Emergency response teams from the Guatemala Red Cross are giving medical and psychosocial support to survivors, and ambulances from three Red Cross branches have been deployed to take wounded people to hospitals in the capital.
Walter Cotte, Regional Director of Americas for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), said: “This disaster is very serious, and the situation may get even worse – as well as the ongoing eruption communities are also at high risk of mud avalanches”.
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