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Drone footage reveals devastation after Fuego volcano eruption

07 June, 2018, 09:32 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Guatemala volcano death toll up to 62 expected to rise

An AFP photographer saw a large plume of ash rise into the sky, prompting an evacuation of everyone authorities could find before the police, the military and rescuers were ordered to stand down.

Rescuers are now waiting for authorities to declare whether it is safe or not to resume searching for any survivors or bodies.

Authorities also increased the death toll from Sunday's eruption by five on Tuesday, to 75.

Rescue workers search in El Rodeo, one of the hamlets in the disaster area near the Volcan de Fuego.

The country's National Institute of Forensic Sciences reported Tuesday that the latest death involved a person who died at a hospital.

It said the lahars could sweep down the mountain laden with concrete, rocks up to a meter (yard) in diameter and tree trunks.

At the wreckage in the village of San Miguel Los Lotes near the base of the volcano, rescue crews were operating again but rain from the previous night had caused the ash to harden. The remains were wrapped in bags.

The volcano exploded Sunday, sending down superhot clouds of gas and ash that killed at least 70 people in communities on its flanks.

A baby buried under ash after a volcanic eruption has miraculously survived.

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People gather at the Municipal stadium in Escuintla, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 5, 2018 after the Fuego Volcano showed new activity.

But in places like Los Lotes and the village of El Rodeo, about eight miles downslope from the crater, it was too late for many.

On Wednesday, more bodies were recovered from what remained of villages devastated by the Volcano of Fire.

"Nobody is going to be able to get them out or say how many are buried here", Efrain Suarez told The Associated Press.

More than 3,000 people have been evacuated with more than 1,700 in shelters.

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 on Wednesday.

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.

Naomi Diaz of the Ciraiz Beauty Academy said she cut the hair of one woman whose hair had been so badly scorched she was unable to comb it.

The toxic flow from Sunday's eruption rushed through areas it had never reached before, surprising and trapping entire neighborhoods, and cutting off access and fresh water to others.

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