Saturday, 23 June, 2018

Guatemala Volcano Toll Reaches 109, As Officials Point Fingers Over Evacuation

Funeral procession EPAFunerals have begun for the 99 confirmed dead so far
Patty Aguilar | 09 June, 2018, 23:33

The body of a victim is covered in volcanic ash spewed by the Volcan de Fuego, or "Volcano of Fire", in Escuintla, Guatemala, Monday, June 4, 2018.

Disaster agency spokesman David de Leon says officials are analyzing the terrain to make a decision.

When the children and their families are able to return home to Guatemala, Shriners doctors will fly with them to check in. The rebuilding task is enormous.

Guatemala's opposition is accusing the head of the country's emergency response agency of failing to heed warnings ahead of the eruption of a volcano that has left 109 dead and nearly 200 others missing. Their chances of having survived in the superheated pyroclastic ash storm are slim to none.

Rescuers resumed the search Wednesday, and Associated Press reporters saw them recovering remains.

The threat of fresh landslides forced emergency workers Thursday to suspend a search for victims of a major eruption of Guatemala's Fuego volcano, the country's disaster management agency said.

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Cabanas and other officials have said there wasn't sufficient information from Guatemala's National Seismological Volcanic and Meteorological Institute beforehand to issue an evacuation warning.

It updated on Thursday the previous day's count of 99 victims after ten more bodies were delivered to local morgues, according to a statement on Twitter. He organized a group of fellow construction workers and friends Thursday to dig with shovels into the house, which is filled to the roof with ash.

"Almost the entire village was killed - they don't know how many but they say dozens of families were killed and they just made it here (escaped alive) and we're praying for them right now - so pray with us", he said. "But here, since the people have nothing to offer him, he leaves this part as a burial ground", said Francisco Chavez, a 29-year-old accounting student. And he directed his ire at President Jimmy Morales. "How could he come with empty hands when we come with at least a tamal?" She is the aunt of six children aged 1 to 8 who died in Los Lotes.

"We will continue to coordinate with the Guatemalan government to provide further aid where needed". You can go and tell them to leave, but that becomes a very big social problem.

The seismological, volcanic and meteorological institute Insivumeh advised the civil aviation authority to take precautions with flights amid renewed activity from the peak, which produced a massive eruption on Sunday.

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