Guatemala volcano new eruptions of lava prompt panic, more evacuations today 2018

Guatemala volcano new eruptions of lava prompt panic, more evacuations today 2018

Why were so many people killed in the initial eruption?

The last census of the areas on Fuego's foothills was conducted in 2002, so authorities have no real sense of how many people might still be trapped or missing.

It is Guatemala's deadliest volcanic eruption for more than a century. The searing hot volcanic material that covered communities near the volcano left numerous bodies unrecognisable so DNA testing or other methods will be necessary for identification.

And a total of 192 people remain missing since the weekend eruptions, disaster relief agency chief Sergio Cabanas told reporters.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales attend a reception at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem on May 16, 2018.

National disaster agency CONRED ordered the evacuations and said that hot gas and molten rock were descending from the volcano.

Fuego, whose name means "fire", is one of several active volcanoes out of 34 in the Central American country.

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The institute says only 23 of the recovered bodies have been identified so far. Conred said 3,271 people had been evacuated.

The search for bodies in mountain villages destroyed by the eruption was progressing slowly, officials said, given the nature of the terrain and the way the volcano released large amounts of boiling mud, rock and ash down the mountain. Some 46 people were injured, around half of whom are in serious condition, officials said.

The prospects of finding any more survivors was poor, he said. Some homes were buried to their roof lines in ash.

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.

The peak had its most devastating eruption in more than four decades on Sunday, showering ash on a wide area and sending lava flows through nearby towns. Nearly 200 people have been reported missing.

Guatemala's seismology and vulcanology institute says the new flow of searing hot volcanic material down the southeastern slopes of the Volcano of Fire is expected to produce a "curtain" of ash that the wind will carry to the west and northwest.

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