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Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Guatemala volcano: Baby rescue miracle as death toll rises

Guatemala volcano: Baby rescue miracle as death toll rises

It said the lahars could sweep down the mountain laden with concrete, rocks up to a meter (yard) in diameter and tree trunks.

The eruption on Sunday sent columns of ash and smoke 6.2 miles (10 km) into the sky, dusting several regions with ash.

Lilian Hernandez wept as she spoke the names of aunts, uncles, cousins, her grandmother and two great-grandchildren - 36 family members in all - missing and presumed dead in the explosion of Guatemala's Volcano of Fire.

Guatemala's disaster agency is calling for calm, but after receiving little or no warning before the volcano exploded Sunday, many people are not taking chances.

The recovery effort was slow, with local media reports saying nine bodies were recovered today.

Damage caused by the eruption in San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 4, 2018. Some homes were buried to their roof lines in ash.

"We are not only talking about what has been described as the volcano's biggest eruption since 1974". "And if heavy machinery comes in they will be torn apart".

Rubin says these clouds of ash and hot gas can not be outrun as they move downslope and spread out to long distances quickly.

On an open-air patio at Murray D. Lincoln school in the nearby city of Escuintla, several people sat on plastic chairs covered by aprons as volunteers attended to them Wednesday.

"When the lava was already here they passed by in their pickup trucks yelling at us to leave, but the cars did not stop to pick up the people", Letran said. "There are places where you stick the pickaxe or rod in and we see a lot of smoke coming out and fire and it's impossible to keep digging because we could die", said 25-year-old rescuer Diego Lorenzana.

Amid the destruction, there was one glimmer of hope: The rescue of a black-and-white dog found alive in a home where four people lay dead.

Thursday morning the spokesperson of the Coordinating Agency for Disaster Reduction, David De Leon, announced the temporary suspension of the rescue operation due to bad weather conditions.

At least 192 people are missing, and the death toll was sure to rise.

A man covered with ash after the eruption of the Fuego volcano, in San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla. Rescuers were concerned about possible dangers posed not only by more volcanic flows but also rain.

Tuesday afternoon, as ash from the volcano reached 16,000 feet, Guatemala's seismology and volcanology institute warned of a new pyroclastic flow of hot, toxic gases and debris from the volcano, one of the most active in Central America.

Guatemala's Volcan de Fuego erupted Sunday, killing at least 75 people.

Others thanked them for their tireless work following the volcanic eruption and for risking their lives to save others.

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