Taiwan donates US$100,000 for Guatemala volcano disaster relief

A resident cradles his dog after rescuing him near the Volcan de Fuego, or "Volcano of Fire," in Escuintla, Guatemala, Monday, June 4, 2018. A fiery volcanic eruption in south-central Guatemala sent lava flowing into rural communities, killing dozens as rescuers struggled to reach people where homes and roads were charred and blanketed with ash. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)

Taipei, June 6 (CNA) Taiwan’s government has donated US$100,000 to Guatemala, one of its diplomatic allies, to support disaster relief efforts after the Fuego Volcano erupted violently on Sunday, causing devastation across the region.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) expressed concern over the devastating volcanic eruption on Twitter, and the government quickly donated US$100,000 to help people affected by the disaster, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) Lee said Wednesday.

Guatemala President Jimmy Morales and Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel have thanked Taiwan for its concern, Lee said.

The ministry will continue to stay on top of new developments and could provide further assistance based on the country’s needs, he said.

At least 72 were killed and thousands evacuated after the most violent eruption of the Fuego volcano in more than four decades. The volcano erupted again on Tuesday, Guatemala time.

People carry to the cemetery the coffins of seven people who died during the eruption of the Volcan de Fuego, which in Spanish means Volcano of Fire, in San Juan Alotenango, Guatemala, Monday, June 4, 2018. Residents of villages skirting the volcano began mourning the dead after an eruption buried them in searing ash and mud. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)

Lee said the eruption of Fuego — Spanish for “fire”– on Sunday was the biggest in nearly half a century, leaving hundreds dead or injured and 3,200 people displaced.

Overall, the eruption affected around 1.7 million people and Guatemala’s president declared three days of national mourning and a state of emergency in regions near the volcano, Lee said.

Volcanic ash spews from the Volcan de Fuego or Volcano of Fire as seen from Palin, south of Guatemala City, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. The long-simmering volcano exploded into a series of powerful eruptions Thursday, hurling thick clouds of ash nearly two miles (three kilometers) high, spewing rivers of lava down its flanks and forcing the evacuation of more than 33,000 people from surrounding communities. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

(By Ku Chuan and Evelyn Kao)