Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano Has Killed 40 People, As Rescuers Struggle Through Fire And Spewing Mud And Lava

 Rescue workers struggled in perilous conditions to find bodies under rivers of ash and mud that swept down from Guatemala’s Fuego volcano on Monday, as the number of fatalities from an eruption that partially buried buildings rose to 38.

Structures and trees at the base of the Fuego volcano were completely coated in brown and gray. A policeman wearing a blue surgical mask stumbled in the muck as he ran from a cloud of ash pouring down the slope behind him, Reuters photos showed.


The eruption of Fuego – Spanish for “fire” – on Sunday was the biggest in more than four decades, forcing the closure of Guatemala’s main international airport and dumping ash on thousands of acres (hectares) of coffee farms on the volcano’s slopes.


Guatemala’s national disaster agency, CONRED, said the death toll was 38, up from an earlier 25, as more bodies were pulled from the ash around the village of El Rodeo, which was hard hit by the eruption.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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