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At Guatemala volcano, weather and danger hinder search

At Guatemala volcano, weather and danger hinder search

Rescue workers gather in the disaster zone covered in volcanic ash near the Volcan de Fuego, or "Volcano of Fire, in the El Rodeo hamlet of Escuintla, Guatemala, Wednesday".

CONRED spokesman David de Leon announced the suspension of rescue work and recommended that residents stay away from the still-dangerous area.

Other families experienced similar tragedies. The rebuilding task is enormous.

Even so, The Associated Press reports that search teams were able to make some progress - using shovels and heavy equipment to uncover more bodies.

At least 99 people have been confirmed killed by the eruption, a number that is expected to rise further with almost 200 still missing. Their chances of having survived in the superheated pyroclastic ash storm are slim to none.

Guatemalan officials warned of falling ash from the Fuego volcano late on Thursday and urged caution with flights as the Central American country recovers from devastating eruptions that have killed at least 109 people.

It says it made a decision to suspend the search now that 72 hours have passed.

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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.

Seventy-five deaths have been confirmed so far, a toll that is expected to rise with at least 192 said to be missing. "We're very proud of them", said Raymond Rubio with the Galveston Shriners.

" We want to help them rebuild their homes, rebuild their lives and that takes financial help, takes teams of people to come as well, that's where North America and the North American church can help in an incredible way", he told CBN News. Before Thursday they had been unable to access the area while rescuers were working.

"They are cleaning the highway - the president has commitments to businesspeople".

Nohemi Ascon, 41, is the aunt of six children between the ages of one and eight who died in Los Lotes.

Lilian Hernandez wept as she spoke the names of aunts, uncles, cousins, her grandmother and two great-grandchildren - 36 family members in all - missing and presumed dead in the explosion of Guatemala's Volcano of Fire. It is not right that they leave them there.

Hospital officials began working with Guatemalan and USA officials to mobilize this effort within 24 hours of the disaster, so the victims would be able to get immediate treatment and care. "They did not care and they did not take precautions".


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