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PUP calls on GOB to assist Guatemala

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The People’s United Party has called on the Government of Belize to put aside their differences and to offer assistance to Guatemala. Our neighbouring country has been devastated by the most violent volcano eruption in more than a century that killed over 25 people. The Volcan de Fuego which is about 25 miles south-west of the capital Guatemala City, spewed rock, gas and ash into the sky on Sunday. Fast-moving flows hit villages, killing people inside their homes. Hundreds were injured and many are missing. President Jimmy Morales has declared three days of national mourning. Settlements on the southern slopes of Fuego were buried in the volcanic ash, mud, and rocks as the volcano erupted for 16 and a half hours on Sunday. Pyroclastic flows, which are fast-moving mixtures of gas and volcanic matter, rushed down the mountainside and engulfed villages. Hundreds of police officers, soldiers and emergency workers have been sent to affected areas on the slopes of the volcano. They found charred bodies resting on steaming remnants of pyroclastic flow. Survivors covered in ash were carried away. Fuego is one of Latin America’s most active volcanoes.  The PUP expressed their solidarity with Guatemala at this time and has called on other nations to keep Guatemala in their prayers.

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