SPRINGFIELD, Mo -- The death toll in Guatemala continues to rise as the Fuego Volcano is still wreaking havoc on Guatemalan communities. According to Guatemalan officials, the volcano doesn't appear to be slowing down. Currently, the death toll stands at 99 with hundreds still missing.
"In Guatemala the lava is moving really fast, so they don't know yet how much area it is going to take up. It looks like it's snowing there, the dust and the ash is just accumulating several inches," said Jeff Nene, the national spokesperson for Convoy of Hope.
However, as the disaster continues to worsen, Convoy of Hope has sent a team of their own to the affected area with the hopes of providing some relief.
"We sent a two person team down there, it's kind of an assessment, evaluation team, and what they will do is meet with emergency management officials, church officials, and they'll put together a plan for how Convoy can best respond," said Nene.
Equipped with dust masks, solar lamps, food and water, the team is not empty handed. Convoy said they're also ready to increase their efforts should the need arise.
"We've got a team here that's kind of on stand-by that if we need to send more personnel we can," said Nene. "But if they just need supplies, then our logistics team is already ramping up to be able to get a container and get it shipped into Guatemala."
Convoy said they will remain in contact with their team as they constantly update their plan. Their team is expected to arrive in Guatemala sometime Wednesday evening and will stay there for as long as needed.
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