Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Toll in Guatemala volcano eruption reaches 99

Toll in Guatemala volcano eruption reaches 99

According to volcanologists, eruption records for Fuego Volcano, one of the country's most active volcanoes, date back to 1542.

Explosions boomed from the 3,763-metre volcano Wednesday, unleashing a new flow of unsafe volcanic material and forcing the rescuers to suspend the search for victims, Xinhua news agency reported.

The family holed up in a house that heated up "like a boiler" inside, he said, then made their way onto the roof and then to the upper story of another, concrete home.

"This appeal is focused on issues of recovery and reconstruction, it is important now that the people who are sheltered and have been injured or traumatised can be reinserted into normal activity", added de León.

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 killed at least 99 people.

"My father, my mother, my sisters are there", she said, upset over rescuers' decision to suspend their search.

Fears of a new blowup of the 3,763-meter volcano have stalked rescue workers since Sunday's eruption buried entire villages on its southern flank. Right? But we didn't do it to them, and these kids need help.

About 10 police officers saw what the family was doing and came to help, bringing more robust tools. Before Thursday they had been unable to access the area while rescuers were working.

Washington DC also announced aircraft were travelling to the Central American state to allow burned victims to be flown into Florida for aid. "We could not get anything out", Castillo said. "We're very proud of them", said Raymond Rubio with the Galveston Shriners.

Workers have already dug a row of additional graves at the lush green cemetery, ready and waiting for whoever comes next.

Firefighters said the chance of finding anyone alive amid the still-steaming terrain was practically nonexistent 72 hours after Sunday's volcanic explosion. Ascon is in a shelter in the city of San Miguel Los Lotes.

Guatemalan officials say that 99 people are confirmed dead, with many more still missing.

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