The community of San Miguel Los Lotes, in the southern department of Escuintla, about 60 kilometers south of the capital “is declared uninhabitable and there can no longer be anyone there”
The authorities of Guatemala declared uninhabitable on Tuesday a community and a farm devastated on June 3 by the powerful eruption of the Volcano of Fire that left at least 112 dead and 197 missing.
“The area is declared uninhabitable and there can no longer be anyone there,” Sergio García Cabañas, executive secretary of the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED), warned at a press conference.
This is the community of San Miguel Los Lotes, in the southern department of Escuintla, about 60 kilometers south of the capital. The La Reunion farm was also declared uninhabitable, where until then a luxurious golf course and complex of residences surrounded by volcanoes had been operating.
According to the Conrad, pyroclastic flows (gases and very hot volcanic material) that descended from the volcano during the eruption destroyed 186 homes, all located in San Miguel Los Lotes.
Another 750 homes suffered damage between severe and moderate, mostly in other communities of the department of Escuintla, but also of the department of Sacatepequez.
San Miguel Los Lotes will be declared a graveyard, said Tuesday the departmental governor, Guillermo Domínguez, who pointed out that the Escuintla authorities hope that the decision will be supported by the survivors.
Las Lajas, Seca, Taniluya and Cenizas canyons, on the slopes of the volcano, were also declared a “high-risk zone” by the Conrad’s Scientific Council.
Garcia Cabanas also reported that 178 communities near the volcano are still threatened by lahars (avalanches of volcanic material) and 152 by pyroclastic flows.
As a result of this and in the face of persistent rains, another 69 communities of Escuintla are at risk of flooding due to the flooding of rivers, said the expert.
“From this moment, no public or private project can be developed or supported that puts the lives of its inhabitants at risk until there are technical and scientific reports that show that the threat has disappeared,” he added.
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