Lexington Charity Working To Help Victims Of Fuego Volcano In Guatemala

Lexington Charity Working To Help Victims Of Fuego Volcano In Guatemala

Guatemala's National Institute of Forensic Sciences said bodies of 99 people have been found so far and that 192 people were still missing following the eruption of Guatemala's Fuego volcano.

Conred, the national disaster agency, said climatic conditions and still-hot volcanic material were making it unsafe for rescuers, and it was also taking into account the fact that 72 hours had passed since Sunday's eruption.

At least 99 people have been killed and hundreds more are still missing as rescue and search efforts continue.

It sent huge clouds of ash barreling over the surrounding area, blanketing roads, cars and people in thick gray dust as a river of molten mud carved a path down the mountain, sweeping away entire villages.

"We are ready when CONRED as the governing body of emergency management authorise us to make an appeal", the ministry said in a statement.

Associated Press writer Mark Stevenson reported this story in San Miguel Los Lotes and AP writer Sonia Perez D. reported from Escuintla. Guatemala is also home to 16.3 million people with more than 9% of the population living below the worldwide poverty line.

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A volcanic flow swept through El Rodeo and San Miguel Los Lotes on Sunday, burying homes up to rooftops.

In his words: "Nobody is going to be able to get them out nor say how many are buried here".

The rescue brigades are working at top speed because they know that the order to stop the search will arrive at any moment so that the machinery can enter and sweep tons of ashes now petrified by the last-hour rainfalls.

At a shelter set up in a school in the nearby city of Escuintla, workers fastened colorful ID bracelets on the wrists of people who are among several thousand displaced by the eruption.

These funds will help "Guatemala Red Cross support 3,000 of the most vulnerable survivors for three months", they added. It is not right that they leave them there.

Rains have been hitting the area and the agency says climatic conditions as well as the still-hot volcanic material deposited on the villages makes it risky for the rescuers.

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