99 killed in Guatemala volcano eruption


99 killed in Guatemala volcano eruption

A resident cries after she was safely evacuated from her home near the Volcan de Fuego, or "Volcano of Fire", in Escuintla, Guatemala, Monday, June 4, 2018.

Guatemala's National Institute of Forensic Sciences has raised the death toll from Sunday's eruption of the Volcano of Fire to 99.

Some 200 people are said to be missing, so the final toll is likely to be even higher.

Her father Pedro Orizabal says he is saying goodbye to his daughter "with great pain". "May God bless all the family that is still standing". Officials said more pyroclastic flow is expected in the upcoming days.

Sandra Orizabal was buried hurriedly and without the usual wake by order of health authorities.

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

To date, 99 people are known to have died in Sunday's major eruption of the volcano, with almost 200 more still reported as missing.

Despite offers of worldwide help from the United States, Mexico and several Latin American neighbors, Guatemalan authorities have not made a request for foreign aid. Fresh explosions are heard from time to time, and new lava flows complicate things further.

At a shelter for people displaced by the powerful volcanic eruption in Guatemala, student stylists are volunteering to give haircuts to people who were burned the day of the disaster.

Washington also dispatched aircraft to help transport burn victims to Florida and Texas. Guatemala recently moved its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, following a recent similar move by the U.S.

Guatemalan officials have confirmed 99 dead, with many more missing.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said they have released more than 250,000 Swiss francs ($253,446) from its global emergency fund to support frontline emergency efforts. A photograph shows their bodies huddled on a bed in the corner of a room, covered in white ash and blood. She adds that it's "not right" to leave their bodies there. "We will have to resort to other anthropological methods and if it is possible to take DNA samples to identify them".

Oscar Chavez trekked over a mountain with his father and younger brother to search for his brother Edgar, sister-in-law Sandra and 4-year-old nephew Josue in the hamlet of San Miguel Los Lotes, which was nearly entirely wiped out by the volcanic flows.

The agency said seven of the latest victims were in a temporary morgue installed close to the impact zone, in the now-devastated community of San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, south of the capital Guatemala City. Only a handful of structures on the edge of town survived. They're searching for his brother Edgar, sister-in-law Sandra and nephew Josue.

A group of police officers saw what the family was doing and came to lend shovels and help with the digging.

The suspension of rescue efforts around the volcano may be lifted if conditions on the ground improve, CONRED said.

"The work continues to be risky for people if we take into account the abundant volcanic material that exists and then also the rain, that could generate volcanic lahars or avalanches. and then, it is important to verify the situation in this sector, if the conditions stabilise to allow the rescue workers to come back here", said CONRED rescue agency spokeman David de León.

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

It sent huge clouds of ash barreling over the surrounding area, blanketing roads, cars and people in thick gray dust as a river of molten mud carved a path down the mountain, sweeping away entire villages.

Hospital officials began working with Guatemalan and US officials to mobilize this effort within 24 hours of the disaster, so the victims would be able to get immediate treatment and care. The US Embassy in Guatemala said they would be treated at Shriner's Hospital in Galveston.



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