Thousands flee as Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire erupts again

Rescuers take a break while the search and rescue efforts continue in the area of El Rodeo in the department of Escuintla Guatemala

Rescuers scoured a lava and ash ravaged landscape in Guatemala for a third straight day on Wednesday in search of survivors and victims of Fuego volcano's calamitous eruption, which has left an estimated 85 people dead and some 200 missing. It has deposited quite a bit of loose volcanic material and it is also in a rain-heavy area, so when heavy rains hit the volcano that is going to be washing the deposits away into these mudflows which carry a lot of debris and rock.

As the Volcan de Fuego continued to belch and rumble, hundreds of rescuers in hard hats and with shovels fanned out to search for the missing, combing through ash and rock that cascaded down the volcano's steep slopes on Sunday and buried villages and vehicles.

"We will continue until we find the last victim, though we do not know how many there are".

Only 17 of the bodies recovered so far have been identified due to the extreme heat that charred their features and burned off fingerprints, and authorities hope other means such as DNA testing can help.

The National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh) in Guatemala has reported that lava flow formed on the north side of the Pacaya Volcano.

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At least 34 people go missing after a sudden volcanic eruption causes mudslides that bury five Andean villages northeast of Lima. Associated Press journalists witnessed the recovery of at least eight bodies, including five stretchers loaded with body bags in Los Lotes.

A volcanic flow swept through El Rodeo and San Miguel Los Lotes on Sunday, burying homes up to rooftops. "I have three children, a grandchild, and all my brothers, my mother, all my family are there".

The prospects of finding any more survivors was poor, he said. Within 24 hours of the first eruption over the weekend, Shriners says an emergency medical team from its Galveston hospital was sent to provide care in Guatemala, where they've been working for days.

Only some communities in Escuintla are under an evacuation order, but even in the more distant central Escuintla businesses have closed and people are leaving.

Diaz said it can be a kind of "consolation" for the displaced, many of whom will never be able to return to their homes.

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