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LDS Church members missing, at least 5 injured after Guatemala volcano eruption

LDS Church members missing, at least 5 injured after Guatemala volcano eruption

At least 75 people have died and almost 200 are missing in Guatemala after a second round of eruptions at Mount Fuego that scattered ash over a wide area and forced authorities to issue new evacuations.

The new explosion took many by surprise after volcanologists said the eruption, which had sent ash up to 10km into the sky on Sunday, was over for the near future. Rubin says that when hot ash from a pyroclastic flow settles and mixes with a water source, like rain, it could lead to mud flows called Lahars.

Authorities say more than 1.7 million people have been affected by the eruption, with more than 3,000 evacuated and many living in shelters.

Naomi Diaz said the volunteers wanted to pitch in because they saw that people needed help.

The National Forensic Sciences Agency said in a report Wednesday that morgues had received the remains of 99 people killed as a result of the eruption.

The death toll stands at 70, but is expected to rise. "There's a lot of people suffering right now because they lost their family, they lost their home, they lost everything they had, and there is a lot of people missing".

A man covered with ash after the eruption of the Fuego volcano, in San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla.

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That eruption unleashed a rapid flow of gas and volcanic debris which quickly enveloped homes nearby, killing those inside.

Guatemala's disaster agency has ordered new evacuations from areas around the Volcano of Fire because of increased volcanic activity that raises the threat of further flows of searingly hot gases and ash.

Volcan de Fuego, or Volcano of Fire, blows outs a thick cloud of ash, as seen from Alotenango, Guatemala, June 3, 2018. Rescuers, police and journalists hurried to leave the area as a siren wailed and loudspeakers blared, "Evacuate!" Numerous victims are unrecognisable, with officials warning that DNA testing and other methods may be needed to identify them.

The scenes of devastation were accompanied by heartbreaking stories of whole families that were devastated by the disaster - the biggest eruption from the mountain in four decades.

The institute warned people on Wednesday to be alert and avoid the area.

Guatemala's Volcano of Fire is continuing to burst out rocks and ash, almost two days after a major eruption that killed at least 69 people.

In an open-air patio at the shelter, people displaced by the volcano sat on plastic chairs as student hair stylists gave them free haircuts.


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