Guatemala: Emergency body turned a deaf ear to warnings

Jun 07, 2018, 7:31 AM EDT
(Source: Fabricio Alonzo/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images/
(Source: Fabricio Alonzo/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images/

Guatemala’s emergency response agency, Conred, has been accused of criminal negligence as it allegedly failed to heed warnings by the national institute for seismology and volcanology before the Fuego volcano calamitously erupted on Sunday.

A senior opposition leader, Mario Taracena, has demanded that the head of Conred be sacked and an investigation launched into the criminal negligence of officials, who slept over the warnings instead of evacuating the vulnerable area, notes the BBC.

The devastating volcano rained down boiling lava and ashes onto the streets, completely wiping off a village and killing 99 people besides affecting 1.7 millions, writes Reuters.