99 killed in Guatemala volcano eruption

Map of the area

Map of the area

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

Emergency crews pulled more bodies from what remained of villages devastated by the eruption of Guatemala's Volcano of Fire on Wednesday, but time was quickly running out to find survivors as the confirmed death toll rose to 99 with almost 200 still missing. Right? But we didn't do it to them, and these kids need help.

Troublesome rain and more volcanic activity had been hindering search searches, but when teams have been able to work in the hardest hit areas, the death toll has continued to rise.

The fiery volcanic eruption in south-central Guatemala killed scores as rescuers struggled to reach people where homes and roads were charred and blanketed with ash.

"The bodies are already charred", he said. At least 197 people were listed as missing.

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

That's the window beyond which officials earlier said it would be extremely unlikely to find any survivors amid the ash, mud and other debris that buried homes up to their rooftops.

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Meanwhile, on Wednesday, rescue crews were repeatedly forced to retreat as Fuego sent boiling water and toxic gas down its slopes.

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.

The agency said seven of the latest victims were in a temporary morgue installed close to the impact zone, in the now-devastated community of San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, south of the capital Guatemala City. But then a huge cloud of ash came pouring out. Many families there depend on their horses, donkeys, and mules to help support themselves.

The national disaster agency says it's suspending recovery efforts because of the danger to its workers.

Asked about that possibility, the director of Guatemala's disaster agency, Sergio Cabanas, said: "Not until the search efforts are over, and it would be left up to the people".

The children died in the town of San Miguel Los Lotes.

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