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.
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.
(By Ku Chuan and Evelyn Kao)