Israel rushes immediate aid to Guatemala after volcano erupts. Death toll rises to 62
Israel says it has delivered food, blankets and medicine to Guatemala after a volcano erupted there, killing at least 62 people.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry says Monday it extended the assistance through its embassy in Guatemala and that a further assessment will be held with local authorities later.
Israel and Guatemala have grown increasingly close in recent years. Last month, Guatemala followed the US by moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, becoming the second country to do so.
The death toll from Guatemala’s volcanic explosion has risen to 62 as a hot flow of mud, ash and gas swept down from Guatemala’s Fuego volcano on Monday following a new explosion in the morning.
The second explosion hindered rescue efforts today as disaster workers pulled bodies from the brown sludge that engulfed the village of El Rodeo, after the volcano near Guatemala City exploded in a fiery display of ash and lava on Sunday.
A 5.2-magnitude earthquake also shook the Guatemala coast on Monday although no damage was initially reported and it was not felt in the capital.
The director of Guatemala’s National Institute of Forensic Science says that 62 bodies have been recovered following the eruption.
Fanuel Garcia said Monday that only 13 of those bodies have so far been identified. The bodies were recovered in the hamlets of Los Lotes and El Rodeo.
The head of the country’s disaster agency had previously put the death toll at 33, but warned it would go higher.