Guatemala volcano: 200 missing, 75 killed

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So far, a total of 28 victims have been identified.


"This can serve as a tiny bit of consolation for the people", Diaz said.

Other families experienced similar tragedies.

President Jimmy Morales traveled to El Rodeo by helicopter today to survey the destruction.

Mr Quiche, a welder, returned to his town of El Rodeo after evacuating with his family. "Send a helicopter to throw water over them because they are burning", she said. "Now that all the danger has passed, I came to see how our house was - everything is a disaster". "More than 20 have disappeared".

The 3,763-meter (12,346-foot) volcano erupted early Sunday, spewing out towering plumes of ash and a hail of fiery rock fragments with scalding mud.

Rescuers were concerned about possible dangers posed not only by more volcanic flows but also rain.

The heat from the ground is still reported to be so intense that in some cases it can "melt the soles of your shoes", said a CBS reporter.

The death toll had stood at 75 late Tuesday.

At least 99 people have been killed and almost 200 are missing after the Volcano of Fire erupted in Guatemala over the weekend. Thousands of people have been evacuated, CONRED said. Homes were buried to the roofline by ash and mud. A lot of them lost nears and dears including parents, spouses, children, brothers, and sisters.

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Conred spokesman David de Leon said that around 2 p.m. the volcano registered a new, more powerful explosion.

However, the prospects of finding any more survivors was poor, he said. Rescuers are still digging, but not for survivors.

After a drone survey, police managed to reach a farm where a home had been buried and people were believed to have been trapped inside.

"He is called Rambo", said volunteer firefighter Sergio Vazquez, who carried the dog on his shoulders to safety.

Vazquez had no explanation for how the dog survived while the people died.

Despite offers of global help from the United States, Mexico and several Latin American neighbours, Guatemalan authorities have not made a request for foreign aid.

Sanchez said that the rescue missions had encountered difficulties since some soil that was originally perceived to be cold turned out to be up 400 degrees Celsius.

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. He said he wanted to express his "consolation to families who are weeping for the loss of their loved ones, as well as spiritual closeness to the wounded and those who are working to help".

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.