75 killed, 192 missing after Guatemala’s volcano spews more ash & mudflows

75 killed, 192 missing after Guatemala’s volcano spews more ash & mudflows

View of the damage casued by the eruption of the Fuego Volcano in San Miguel Los Lotes, a village in Escuintla Department, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 4, 2018.

Volcan de Fuego, which means "Volcano of Fire", exploded violently on Sunday, shooting thick plumes of ash miles into the sky that rained down on residents and sending superheated pyroclastic and lava flows barreling through nearby towns.

People praised the police officers on Twitter for the rescue.

Volunteers and rescuers evacuate the disaster zone as a column of smoke and ash rises from the area where lava flowed down the volcano in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 5, 2018.

The recent eruption of the Volcano of Fire in Guatemala was the biggest since at least 1974 and especially deadly, having caught many living near it by surprise.

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.

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She said it would be some time before precise losses were confirmed. "I wish I could just find out if I have a house". Some chose to stay in the area, which now has no power, cell reception, landlines or county water, officials said.

About 10 small eruptions every hour had been reported by seismologists, but none of them compared to the major blast which shook the region on Sunday afternoon.

The death toll locally on Wednesday morning was 75, though this was expected to be revised upwards during the day.

At a roadblock, Joel Gonzalez complained that police wouldn't let him through to see his family's house in the village of San Juan Alotenango, where his 76-year-old father lay buried in ash along with four other relatives.

"All missionaries are safe, but hundreds of people were evacuated as ash was dispersed over a nine-mile radius", the news release said. "We are talking about a tragedy, a national mourning", Guatemala President Jimmy Morales said.

"Disaster relief agency chief Sergio Cabanas told reporters: "'We will continue until we find the last victim, though we do not know how many there are. Only 17 have been identified so far, according to Guatemala's National Institute of Forensic Sciences.

Thousands of people displaced by the eruption have sought refuge in shelters, many of them of with dead or missing loved ones and facing an uncertain future, unable to return to homes destroyed by the volcano. My children say they would rather be in the streets.

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