Rescue efforts continuing after Guatemala volcano eruption

Rescue efforts continuing after Guatemala volcano eruption

People gather at the Municipal stadium in Escuintla, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 5, 2018 after the Fuego Volcano showed new activity.

In San Miguel Los Lotes, eight to ten feet of volcanic ash buried homes and people.

Guatemala's "Volcano of Fire" has erupted again causing thousands to flee from their homes and setting off panic - even in areas where the latest evacuation order does not apply.

Despite offers of global help from the United States, Mexico and several Latin American neighbours, Guatemalan authorities have not made a request for foreign aid.

At least 25 are dead and more missing after the Fuego volcano spewed rock, ash and gas into the air.

The manhunt is continuing as national disaster agency, CONRED, said nearly 200 people are still missing.

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Sunday's eruption was the most violent in more than a century.

"We come in support of the people who are really risking their lives for the people who are there", said Gladys Vian, a 56-year-old member of the Catholic parish of Escuintla. The death toll has risen from 69.

David De Leon, Guatemala's National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction said due to the volcano's increased activity evacuations of nearby communities were being carried out, an exodus that the AP said was "setting off a panicky flight by people that stalled traffic in some areas". (Rodrigo Abd / Associated Press) Coffee plants covered in ash in Las Lajas, Guatemala.

"We don't rule out the possibility of some person alive, but the condition in which the homes are makes that possibility pretty unlikely", Sanchez said, adding that some of the ash was still at temperatures between 400 C and 700 C.

"We have some toiletries, like shampoo, toothpaste, toothtbrushes we are also including some cereral for the kids that are in shelters because we know they like them", said Geraldina Motta, director of Operation Blessing Guatemala. "They are taking away our opportunity to say goodbye". "To see people suffering like this is hard on them".

Naomi Diaz of the Ciraiz Beauty Academy said they were moved to help because they saw people who had lost everything.

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