Date Publish: 
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The United Nations Agency for Migration (IOM) announced that it is mobilizing human, technical and financial resources to address the emergency arising from the eruption of the Volcan de Fuego in Guatemala, in support of the government entities consolidated in the System of the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED).

The contribution offered by IOM focuses on four specific areas: shelter management; information systems for monitoring people displaced by the eruption; evaluation of damaged infrastructure and attention to migrants stranded in transit.

"After the initial eruption, on June 3rd, 2018, IOM, together with an inter-agency team of the United Nations System, mobilized to the site to make an assessment of the immediate needs in the shelters, and made itself available to the Government through the Social Work Secretariat of the President's Wife (SOSEP), the governing body of the shelters”, said Sebastián Berkovich, IOM Response Coordinator.

For the information systems, IOM will deliver computer equipment to the SOSEP in order to start the Shelter Integrated System of Registration (SIRA) that will allow said institution to obtain the census of the shelters quickly and systematically. It will also seek to standardize a shelter management methodology to have minimum standards in the care of people, in accordance with national legislation, within the framework of the management of the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

In ​​infrastructure, IOM will contribute to improving the living conditions of the people displaced by the eruption in the collective centers, by means of conditioning safe spaces, mainly for the populations in situations of vulnerability. It also relies on the evaluation of the damaged infrastructure.

In addition, IOM executes the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), which will identify intersectoral needs and contribute to entities such as CONRED, SOSEP, international organizations, social organizations, the private sector and others. actors involved in making informed decisions for the attention of those who need it.

The eruption has so far left 1.7 million people affected, 12,823 evacuated, 3,613 sheltered, 197 missing and 110 deceased, in the departments of Escuintla, Chimaltenango and Sacatepequez, where the orange institutional alert remains, according to CONRED.

For more information, please contact IOM Guatemala: Melissa Vega - or IOM El Salvador Guatemala and Honduras, Alba Amaya -