Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Guatemala Volcano Toll Rises To 75, 200 Still Missing

Guatemala Volcano Toll Rises To 75, 200 Still Missing

Conred, the national disaster agency, said climatic conditions and still-hot volcanic material were making it risky for rescuers, and it was also taking into account the fact that 72 hours had passed since Sunday's eruption.

CONRED said on Twitter that by 1:00 p.m. local time (2000 GMT), the death toll from the volcano eruption reached 70, as rescuers recovered more bodies buried by ashes and mud that were swept into rivers.

Rescuers scoured a lava and ash ravaged landscape in Guatemala for a third straight day on Wednesday in search of survivors and victims of Fuego volcano's calamitous eruption, which has left an estimated 85 people dead and some 200 missing. Rescuers were concerned about possible dangers posed not only by more volcanic flows but also rain.

The blast produced what are known as pyroclastic flows, a potent mix of ash, rock and volcanic gases that buried local towns such as El Rodeo and San Miguel Los Lotes.

"Nobody wants to go back there".

However the life they knew was gone. Standing amid the wreckage on Wednesday, he said any bodies below are surely severely damaged, and if heavy machinery comes, it will tear up their remains.

They have been helping children and families in Guatemala for ten years. "We have food and supplies for those who stay but it is unsafe here". "We couldn't get something out", Castillo stated. "For us, there is no tomorrow".

In one shelter, people displaced by the volcano were given free haircuts by student hair stylists.

More than 3,200 people have been evacuated and about 2,000 are sheltered in Escuintla and Sacatepéquez, which together with Chimaltenango are the communities most affected.

"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.

"The sad news is there's a bunch of recovery of bodies of children and adults there".

"We now have an accounting with names and towns where people have gone missing and we have a figure, which is 192 people who we have unaccounted for", Disaster Relief Agency chief Sergio Cabañas told the Agence France-Presse news outlet on Tuesday.

An elderly man, who was featured in a video shortly after the eruption that showed him in a state of shock, caked from head to toe in ash and mud, died from the severe burns he suffered.

But authorities revealed how just 17 victims have been identified, with distraught family members desperately search for missing relatives in makeshift morgues and streets blanketed in volcanic debris.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales responded to the incident by announcing three days of national mourning, lamenting the "deep pain" and "irreparable losses" caused by the tragedy.

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