At Guatemala volcano, time running out for rescue chances

Mount Vesuvius

Among those affected by the disaster is the former police chief of Ark City who works in Guatemala for the U.S. State Department.

The national disaster agency, CONRED, said 192 people remained missing after the disaster and the forensic agency, Inacif, raised the death toll to no less than 75, up from 72.

"All missionaries are safe, but hundreds of people were evacuated as ash was dispersed over a nine-mile radius", the news release said.

"A column of smoke rose from the mountain Tuesday afternoon and hot volcanic material began descending its south side, prompting new evacuation orders for a half dozen communities and the closure of a national highway". So far officials have identified about a third of the bodies recovered. My children say they would rather be in the streets.

Pope Francis said he is praying for the dead and for all those affected by a powerful volcanic eruption in Guatemala in which at least 69 people have died.

The front door of a home blanketed in volcanic ash carries a hand written help sign in the village of El Rodeo. Rescuers wearing hard hats, masks and goggles used shovels to dig through homes, unearthing at least one body burned beyond recognition.

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Firefighters and police are forced to evacuate a search and rescue effort as the Volcan de Fuego, or 'Volcano of Fire, ' continues to spill out smoke and ash in Escuintla, Guatemala, Monday, June 4, 2018. "It may be that this dog no longer has a family".

Authorities have not offered any estimate of how many people might still be missing.

However, the prospects of finding any more survivors was poor, he said. Within 24 hours of the first eruption over the weekend, Shriners says an emergency medical team from its Galveston hospital was sent to provide care in Guatemala, where they've been working for days. Some 46 people were injured, around half of whom are in serious condition, it said.

The Guatemalan military said a U.S. Air Force plane was flying in today to take about a half-dozen children who suffered burns for treatment in Galveston, Texas.

Authorities said explosions from the volcano, which again streamed pyroclastic flows Tuesday, are threatening villages southeast of the mountain.

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