"Volcano of Fire" kills 69 people in Guatemala

People carry to the cemetery the coffins of seven people who died during the eruption of the Volcan de Fuego on June 4

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Almost 200 people are missing and at least 75 have been killed since Guatemala's Fuego volcano began erupting over the weekend, officials said Tuesday.

National disaster agency CONRED said 192 people remained missing after the disaster, and forensic agency Inacif raised the death toll to at least 75, up from 72. So far officials have identified about a third of the bodies recovered.

At least 75 people have been confirmed dead as a result Sunday's eruption of the volcano, which sent super-hot material flowing down the mountain's sides.

"The our bodies are already charred", the 59-year-old truck driver stated.

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

Volcan de Fuego, or "Volcano of Fire", released a white plume of smoke as firefighters carried a stretcher during their rescue and recovery efforts in El Rodeo, Guatemala, today.

Experts warned Wednesday that heavy rains in the area could provoke avalanches due to the large flows of volcanic mud, known as lahars, since the eruption on Sunday.

A day after a brand new evacuation was ordered because of rising exercise by the volcano, a purple alert remained in place for the departments of Escuintla, Sacatepequez and Chimaltenango, and folks had been suggested to not linger close to the affected zones.

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She explained there is a great need for clothing and mattresses because shelters are not equipped with them and she urged people to pray for Guatemala and its people.

There are fears many more could be buried beneath volcanic ash and debris.

Officials from the Guatemalan government stated that around 1.7 million people have or will be affected by the disaster.

David De Leon, Guatemala's national coordinator for disaster reduction, said the volcano's increased activity prompted evacuations of nearby communities, an exodus that the AP said was "setting off a panicky flight by people that stalled traffic in some areas".

The death toll is expected to rise as residents of remote mountain villages were caught off guard, with little or no time to flee to safety. An Associated Press journalist witnessed five stretchers carrying bags containing human remains being carried out of Los Lotes. About 3,500 had been in shelters, many with their houses and livelihoods destroyed.

President Jimmy Morales has been criticized on social media for passively waiting to react to offers of global aid.

Rescuers are now waiting for authorities to declare whether it is safe or not to resume searching for any survivors or bodies.

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