Killed In Guatemala Volcano Eruption

09 June, 2018, 23:35 | Author: Sheila Harris
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"We will continue to coordinate with the Guatemalan government to provide further aid where needed".

Rescue teams have been searching frantically for survivors and victims in the ravaged landscape, covered in ash and lava.

But 99 per cent of natural disaster problems happen in poor, informally built communities, Godoy said, and one complicating factor for towns like Los Lotes is that they have existed for decades.

Guatemalan rescuers' decision to suspend recovery efforts in villages devastated by a volcanic eruption is leaving some people with relatives still missing distraught. Associated Press photojournalist Moises Castillo contributed from San Miguel Los Lotes. Right? But we didn't do it to them, and these kids need help.

In a tense meeting at Guatemala's Congress on Wednesday, the head of the country's volcanology institute accused his counterpart at disaster agency CONRED of failing to heed bulletins warning that Fuego was dangerously erupting. Remains were loaded into body bags and carried out on stretchers.

Troublesome downpours and more volcanic activity had been hindering searches, but when teams have been able to work in the hardest hit areas, the death toll has continued to tick upward. Only a handful of structures on the edge of town survived.

Oscar Chavez trekked over a mountain Thursday with his father and younger brother.

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About 10 police officers saw what the family was doing and came to help, bringing more robust tools.

Guatemala's disaster agency, Conred, suspended the search several times this week, including for most of Thursday.

Still-hot volcanic material and the threat of heavy rains displacing loose deposits were posing a serious risk to the safety of emergency workers, said agency spokesman David de Leon.

The names and ages of the victims will remain confidential, officials said.

"We looked for them in shelters, hospitals, everywhere, but we did not find them", said Mr Chavez, 34, as the others used sticks and a machete to try to tear down a wall and the metal corrugated roof of a home.

The volcano blanketed nearby villages in ash and sent fast-moving toxic pyroclastic flows down into valleys as people living nearby rushed to escape the onslaught.

"The conditions are critical in the areas near Fuego volcano", said Eddy Sanchez, director of the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology, adding that Sunday's eruption is the most violent explosion of Fuego volcano since 1974.

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