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Guatemala Volcano Eruption: At Least 75 Are Dead and 192 People Are Missing

Updated On 06 Jun, 2018 Published On

At least 75 people are dead and 192 people are missing as a result of the explosion of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala on Sunday, Sergio Cabañas, the executive secretary of Guatemala's National Coordination for Disaster Reduction told media.

Towns were buried in thick, heavy volcanic ash and mud from Sunday's sudden eruption. Hot gases, rocks and ash streaming down the volcano's south side, killing dozens of people, blocking roads, erasing hillside communities and leaving behind steaming debris and thus rescuers had trouble navigating.

Rescue work was disrupted on Tuesday when a new eruption sent hot gas and molten rock racing down the volcano.

More than 1.7 million people have been affected by Sunday's explosion, with over 3,000 evacuated.

After Tuesday's eruption, volcanologists said the Sunday explosion, which had sent ash up to 10km (33,000ft) into the sky, was over for the near future.

The dangers were compounded by heavy rain that mixed with ash to form acid rain or cause mudslides or floods.

Dazed residents have been holding funerals for the dead and recovery workers are still finding more bodies.

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Hundreds of people gathered in a street as men somberly carried the caskets above their shoulders in a funeral procession.