Guatemala airport to reopen tomorrow

The main airport serving Guatemala is expected to re-open tomorrow following the chaos caused by hurricane Agatha and the eruption of the Pacaya volcano.

The Guatemala Tourist Board (INGUAT) has said no tourists were affected by the two natural disasters.

But a 24-hour tourist helpline has been set up as part of an aid ad safety plan put in place with the National Programme of Support to Tourists (ASISTUR).

According to INSIVUMEH, the national institute for seismology and meteorology, the intensity of the volcanic eruption has diminished with only minor explosions reported. 

However, local communities remain evacuated while the activity of the Pacaya volcano continues to be monitored.

Tropical storm Agatha, which brought torrential rains that caused some river to swell and burst their banks and mudslides near major roads, has been downgraded to a tropical depression and continues to weaken. 

The Guatemalan tourist board said thanks to the cooperation of the public and private sectors, communications were expected to be restored in the next few days in the areas of Solola, Sacatepequez, Totonicapan, Quetzaltenango, Escuintla and some areas of Guatemala City.

The board added La Aurora international airport in Guatemala City is expected to reopen on Wednesday, subject to weather conditions allowing the cleaning operations to rid the runway of volcanic ash.

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