Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Rescue efforts resume after volcano eruption in Guatemala

Rescue efforts resume after volcano eruption in Guatemala

"We are analyzing the terrain", said David de Leon, spokesperson for the disaster agency Conred.

"We are ready when CONRED as the governing body of emergency management authorise us to make an appeal", the ministry said in a statement.

More than 1.7 million people have been affected by Sunday's eruption, with more than 3,000 evacuated.

The official loss of life toll, which was elevated to 99 on Wednesday, was anticipated to rise extra, with at the least 197 folks listed as lacking.

Sunday's eruption caught residents of remote mountain hamlets off guard, with little or no time to flee to safety.

The new evacuation order set off a panic even in areas that were not under it. Dozens of people could be seen walking down roadsides carrying children or a few belongings beside paralysed traffic in parts of Escuintla township south of the volcano.

Authorities also warned that rains had increased the chance of deadly slides of ash, mud and debris.

Entire families have died from the avalanche of lava, mud and burning ash that were deviated from the gullies to the slopes of the volcano on Sunday afternoon.

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Meanwhile, 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.

As the death toll from this week's volcano eruption in Guatemala rose to 75 on Thursday, and with more than 200 people still missing, Jewish and Israeli aid organizations stepped up their contributions to the relief effort.

The 3,763-meter (12,346-feet) Fuego Volcano is one of several active volcanoes among 34 in the Central American country.

Officials said the speed and ferocity of the eruption took mountain communities by surprise, with numerous dead found in or around their homes.

Officials said the speed and ferocity of the eruption took mountain communities by surprise, with numerous dead found in or around their homes.

President Jimmy Morales declares three days of mourning after seeing the disaster area.

In past disasters in which authorities determined there was no chance of finding survivors and further efforts to recover bodies would be too hard, areas have been declared burial sites, the final resting place of the victims.

Sanchez said that the rescue missions had encountered difficulties since some soil that was originally perceived to be cold turned out to be up 400 degrees Celsius.

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