Guatemala volcano: Homes Become Ovens; No Known Bulgarians Affected
Sofia, Bulgaria -
Victims of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala are already 109, reported the Associated Press.
According to information from the Bulgarian Embassy in Mexico, there is currently no data about Bulgarian citizens who died or were injured as a result of the eruption of the Guatemalan Fuego volcano.
All our compatriots wishing to be informed about the current situation in the country, the opportunities for assistance or the actions they should take may be able to do so on our 24-hour embarkation telephone lines in Mexico, also accredited to Guatemala: (+52) 55963283; (+52) 55963295; and (+521) 55 79071517.
In case of necessity or in connection with the issuance of temporary travel documents to citizens with expired Bulgarian personal documents, Bulgarian citizens may also apply for consular assistance at the embassies of other EU Member States in Guatemala.
German Embassy in Guatemala:
Address: Edificio Reforma 10, Level 10, Avenida La Reforma 9-55, Guatemala 01010, Guatemala
Phone: +502 2364 6700
Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain in Guatemala:
Address: 6A Calle, Guatemala
Phone: +502 2379 3530
The Bulgarian diplomatic mission in Mexico recommends that citizens have enough food and water to keep up-to-date on the situation in the country and that they follow the instructions of the local authorities to deal with the disaster.
About 2000 people have been sheltered in special havens. Over 3,200 people have been evacuated from the area affected by the disaster.
“The houses became ovens, and the village - a crematorium, there are no survivors,” said volunteer firefighter Francisco Flores. The volcano erupted on Sunday and buried the hot ashes and muddy villages on its way. The eruption was so fast that residents could not escape in time. The death of dozens of people in the country has been declared a three-day national sin. The number of victims is expected to increase.
Fuego (means “fire” in Spanish) is located less than 50 km west of the capital of Guatemala City and is one of the most active volcanos in Central America. Sunday’s eruption was the second so far this year.