Pope Francis praying for victims of Guatemala volcano

07 June, 2018, 02:25 | Author: Carlos George
  • Boris Rodriguez 24 who is searching for his wife cries after seeing the condition of his neighborhood destroyed by the erupting Volcan de Fuego

A man covered with ash after the eruption of the Fuego volcano, in San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla.

Fast-moving mixtures of hot gas and volcanic material, like ash, flowed down into local communities.

Left, rescue workers run for cover as the volcano blows more clouds of ash in the village of El Rodeo in Escuintla, Guatemala.

National disaster agency CONRED ordered evacuations and said that hot gas and molten rock were streaming from the volcano.

A baby buried under ash after a volcanic eruption has miraculously survived.

Conred spokesman David de Leon said the volcano first erupted around midday on Sunday, billowing smoke and ash miles into the sky.

Thousands of people are staying in shelters, which includes the Church's Escuintla Guatemala Stake Center.

This is the most violent eruption of Fuego in more than four decades.

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"My cousins Ingrid, Yomira, Paola, Jennifer, Michael, Andrea and Silvia, who was just 2-years-old", the distraught woman said - a litany that brought into sharp relief the scope of a disaster for which the final death toll is far from clear.

Guatemala's disaster agency issued new evacuation orders for some nearby communities Tuesday afternoon, 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.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said they have released more than 250,000 Swiss francs ($253,446) from its global emergency fund to support frontline emergency efforts.

Figures for the dead were tweeted by Guatemala's National Institute of Forensic Sciences.

As rescuers work to search for almost 200 missing people, they're finding and rescuing pets as well. "They are taking away our opportunity to say goodbye".

"Animals have a different sort of resistance. and different behavior when it comes to finding refuge", Sanchez said.

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

Experts said the volcano recorded several weak explosions on Wednesday, generating a fresh 4,700-metre (15,500 feet) high column of grey ash.

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