GUATEMALA ENDS VICTIM SEARCHES AT VOLCANO WHERE 110 DIED

GUATEMALA CITY – Guatemala  disaster agency said on Sunday it is ending  its victim search efforts in the zone that suffered most deaths and injuries from the Fuego volcano eruption.

The confirmed death toll stands at 110 people, 197 are still missing after violent eruptions that began two weeks ago, the disaster agency CONRED said.

In a statement on Sunday CONFRED said, “The search efforts are permanently suspended in the towns San Miguel Los Lotes and El Rodeo in the Escuintla municipality… the zone is uninhabitable and high rise.”

CONFRED also said the Fuego volcano, which the name means “Fire” in Spanish, is currently emitting four or five minor explosions daily and splashing columns of ash up to 15,420 feet (4,700 meters) above sea level.

The town of Escuintla is operating 12 shelters for approximately 2,800 people that have been displaced from their homes that were swallowed by ash and dirt. There are more than 770 people staying in shelters in nearby areas.

The destruction of the volcano has also left survivors who have lost nearly all members of extended families. The volcano dust is the greatest eruption in four decades.

Photo Credit- Reuters

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