Guatemala volcano eruption death toll hits 99

Guatemala volcano eruption death toll hits 99

The Associated Press spoke with Lilian Hernandez, who has 36 family members missing and presumed dead - aunts, uncles, cousins, her grandmother and two great-grandchildren in the town of San Miguel Los Lotes. The death toll has risen from 69.

Orange, super-heated gas and rocks shot into the sky from Volcan de Fuego and poured down the mountain, wiping out entire villages on Sunday.

Fuego's eruption was much more violent, and mostly took place through one main vent near its summit, while Kilauea's magma has moved underground for miles before popping up through dozens of fissures spread across the area.

Seven communities in already devastated areas were evacuated as the volcano's activity increased, with rescue operations halted.

"Nobody wants to go back there".

Thousands of people have been evacuated, CONRED said.

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Firefighters have also been able to rescue animals in the community of San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla. "She was unable to walk".

Her brother and sister made it to safety, but their grandmother has not been seen again.

But the life they knew was gone.

"This can serve as a tiny bit of consolation for the people", Diaz said. "Nobody is left there". "Send a helicopter to throw water over them because they are burning". "I saw the children's bodies", he tearfully told BBC. "More than 20 have disappeared".

Mount Fuego is Spanish for "mountain of fire".

There are fears many more could be buried beneath volcanic ash and debris. These flows - a combination of ash, rock and volcanic gases - travel so fast during an eruption that its impossible for anything to outrun them. In the small country, he helps train and advise the Guatemalan National Civilian Police for the U.S. Embassy. So far officials have identified about a third of the bodies recovered.

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Cars are seen covered in ashes after the volcanic eruption in San Miguel Los Lotes village in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on Tuesday. He said it was not immediately clear if some of those could be among the unidentified bodies.

Over 3,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in the region south-west of the capital, Guatemala City where the local Caritas organization has set up three camps for the displaced, and organized a collection for the 10 June, during which medicine, clothes and food will be accepted and distributed. My children say they would rather be in the streets. Rescuers are still digging, but not for survivors.

Vazquez had no explanation for how the dog survived while the people died.

The latest death toll from Sunday's eruption stood at 85 on Wednesday and some 200 people were missing.

Emergency services are working to find survivors after a searing cloud of debris hit El Rodeo and other towns on the volcano's slopes.

Eddy Sanchez, the head of Guatemala's National Institute of Seismology, had said there would be "no imminent eruption over the next few days".

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