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América Central province confirms that Marist institutions are safe

05/06/2018: Guatemala

After the eruption of the Volcán de Fuego (Volcano of Fire) - about 50 km from the capital of Guatemala - on June 3, the América Central province has confirmed that Marist institutions are out of danger.

“As Marists, we confirm our commitment to solidarity and support for the people of Guatemala from our different provincial realities and we ask that all families who have been affected by the disaster be kept in your prayers,” the statement read on June 4.

The provincial of América Central, Brother Hipólito Pérez, told the communications office of the general house on June 4 that “this national catastrophe has surprised us again (...) it was not planned, nor was there any emergency prevention planned.”

“The communities, brothers, family of brothers and lay people who work with us, educational centers, until now, are okay, everything is calm, and we cannot complain,” he added. “Now the appeal again is for solidarity and for Marist communion with the people who are suffering.”

The eruption of the volcano, the most violent in four decades, has resulted in at least 69 deaths and 46 injured. Thousands of people are being housed in temporary shelters.

The volcano threw currents of incandescent material in the surrounding areas and a rain of ash over the Guatemala City.

Volcanologists report that the eruption, which sent ashes up to 10 km to the sky, is over for the time being.

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