A second eruption at Guatemala’s Fuego volcano causes panic as death toll raises to 75 with almost 200 missing
Guatemala’s disaster agency says 192 people are listed as missing with a further 75 people dead following Sunday’s deadly eruption of the Volcano of Fire.
Agency director Sergio Cabanas made the announcement Tuesday evening. Earlier in the day, the country’s National Institute of Forensic Sciences said 75 bodies have been recovered but only 23 of those have been identified.
Cabanas says some of the missing people could be among the unidentified bodies.
Super-heated volcanic debris swept through small communities on the volcano’s flanks Sunday with little warning for residents.
Some homes were buried to their roof lines in ash.
Rescuers were pulled back Tuesday after volcanic activity increased and new flows were spotted descending the volcano’s slopes.
A new explosion at Guatemala’s Fuego volcano prompted emergency services to order evacuations from the surrounding areas on Tuesday.
National disaster agency Conred ordered the evacuations and said that hot gas and molten rock were descending from the volcano.
More than 70 deaths have been reported since the volcano – whose name means ‘fire’ in Spanish – erupted on Sunday, according to a Reuters report.