"Volcano of Fire" kills 69 people in Guatemala

Saturday, 09 Jun, 2018

The Fuego volcano, about 40km (25 miles) south-west of Guatemala's capital, erupted on 3 June, killing at least 75 people with 192 still missing.

David De Leon, Guatemala's National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction said due to the volcano's increased activity evacuations of nearby communities were being carried out, an exodus that the AP said was "setting off a panicky flight by people that stalled traffic in some areas".

Authorities in Guatemala have released otherworldly photos of the area around a recently-erupted volcano covered in white ash, as nearly 300 people are declared missing or dead after an eruption.

An Associated Press journalist near the volcano reports a new column of smoke rose into the sky Tuesday afternoon as police and other rescuers were quickly withdrawn from the area.

As President Jimmy Morales toured the area and met with survivors on Monday, a woman begged him to help her loved ones in Los Lotes.

The eruption, the deadliest since 1974, has killed dozens and left hundreds missing.

Fears of a fresh blowup of the 3,763-meter (12,346-foot) volcano have stalked rescue workers since Sunday's eruption buried entire villages on its southern flank.

The death toll stands at 70, but is expected to rise.

"On behalf of the government of Israel I would like to express our solidarity with the people and Government of Guatemala over the damage caused by the eruption of Volcan de Fuego, the 'Fire Volcano.' My condolences to the families of the victims".

The volcano erupted again on Tuesday forcing thousands of rescuers to abruptly suspend the search for victims, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday.

However, the prospects of finding any more survivors was poor, he said.

Villages on the slopes were buried in volcanic ash and mud.

Volcanic ash blankets homes and trees near the Volcan de Fuego, or Volcano of Fire, where rescue workers gather in the El Rodeo hamlet of Escuintla, Guatemala.

At least 99 people have been killed and almost 200 are missing after the Volcano of Fire erupted in Guatemala over the weekend.

Amid the destruction, there was one glimmer of hope: The rescue of a black-and-white dog found alive in a home where four people lay dead.

"The bodies are already charred", the 59-year-old truck driver said.

In past disasters where authorities determined there was no chance of finding survivors and further efforts to recover bodies would be too hard, areas have been declared burial sites, the final resting place of the victims. After the eruption, people say they had to build an impromptu bridge over hot ashes to try and get the injured the help they need.