Guatemala volcano eruption death toll hits 99

Women mourn as the coffins of seven people who died following the eruption of the Fuego volcano are carried along the streets of Alotenango

Women mourn as the coffins of seven people who died following the eruption of the Fuego volcano are carried along the streets of Alotenango

Rescuers were concerned about possible dangers posed not only by more volcanic flows but also rain.

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

A powerful explosion sparked a mass evacuation Tuesday, June 5, of areas already devastated near Guatemala's Fuego volcano, which officials said has killed at least 73 people since it first erupted over the weekend.

In San Miguel Los Lotes, eight to ten feet of volcanic ash buried homes and people.

It is Guatemala's deadliest volcanic eruption for more than a century.

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

The agency urged residents living near the volcano to evacuate immediately.

Children who survived to the Volcan de Fuego or "Volcano of Fire" eruption laugh as a clown performs near a shelter in Alotenago, Guatemala, Thursday, June 7, 2018. It was smothered in what he described as a "sea" of muck that got here crashing into houses, inundating folks, pets and wildlife. After a cellphone call to Castillo's brother, rescuers arrived and brought the family to safety.

A lucky few, like retiree Pantaleon Garcia, was able to load his grandchildren into the back of a pickup with a jug of water and some food, to go to stay with relatives in another town.

Rubin says these clouds of ash and hot gas can not be outrun as they move downslope and spread out to long distances quickly. "For us, there isn't a tomorrow".

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On an open-air patio at Murray D. Lincoln school in the nearby city of Escuintla, several people sat on plastic chairs covered by aprons as volunteers attended to them Wednesday.

Authorities say at least 46 people were injured in the eruption, and 12 shelters were housing 1,877 people.

"My respects to you heroes without cloak", one said.

"The people ended up buried in almost 3 metres of lava", Ortiz said.

More than 3,000 people have been evacuated from villages near the volcano and authorities fear the death toll may climb as the entire communities remain unaccounted for.

The country's seismology and volcanology institute warned of new flows descending Wednesday afternoon through canyons on the volcano's western slope toward the Pantaleon River. But there have been reports of bodies recovered throughout the day Wednesday. An Associated Press journalist witnessed five stretchers carrying bags containing human remains being carried out of Los Lotes.

The country's National Institute of Forensic Sciences reported Tuesday that the latest death involved a person who died at a hospital. About 3,500 had been in shelters, many with their houses and livelihoods destroyed.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales declared three days of national mourning, and their main airport has been closed off.

Garcia stated that 17 of the victims have been identified.

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