#Guatemala – EU deploys experts following recent volcano eruptions

| June 25, 2018

Additional EU support to help those affected by the volcanic eruption that struck Guatemala earlier this month is being channelled through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. A team of eight European experts flew to Guatemala on Saturday (23 June), following a new request of assistance issued by the national authorities. “We are continuing to support Guatemala following the recent volcano eruptions. Our help through the Union Civil Protection Mechanism is a concrete example of European solidarity to the people of Guatemala and of our readiness to support people in need anywhere in the world, wherever a disaster strikes,” said Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Commissioner Christos Stylianides.

The deployment of European experts comes on top of the €400,000 in emergency assistance the EU has provided to Guatemala since the volcano erupted to provide displaced populations in the worst-hit departments with health, water and sanitation assistance, as well as psychosocial support. The EU’s Copernicus satellite mapping service was also activated upon request of the government of Guatemala and has produced 18 maps so far.


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