Guatemala Devoid of Color Under Volcanic Ash


The explosions billowed ash more than 5,000m (16,000ft) above sea level, with Guatemala's seismology and volcanology institute warning that there is a moderate flow of unsafe material down the volcano - with the possibility of a strong flow in some areas.

The Policia Nacional Civil (National Civil Police) released the footage Tuesday on their social media feeds showing some of the devastation in the Escuintla area.

Guatemala's Fuego volcano started risky eruptions Sunday, and in the first three days it killed 70 people and affected more than 1.7 million.

Though numerous clouds obscure a view of the volcano, the footage shows a dark ash cloud suddenly grow in the centre of the image.

The eruption on Sunday sent columns of ash and smoke 10km into the sky, dusting several regions with ash. The blast left nearby areas blanketed in ash as molten lava flowed into local communities and rescue workers fought to locate trapped residents. Rescuers, police and journalists hurried to leave the area as a siren wailed and loudspeakers blared, "Evacuate!"

Rescuers search for victims of the Volcan de Fuego in the ash-covered village of San Miguel Los Lotes, in Escuintla, June 5, 2018.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday night spoke with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, and offered him condolences for the deaths caused by the country's catastrophic volcanic eruption.

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Alfonso Castillo, a 33-year-old farm worker, said nothing seemed abnormal on Sunday - but then the situation became significantly more unsafe.

"We can only work in places where we can stand on the roofs of houses. because the ash is very hot". My children say they would rather be in the streets.

At least 62 bodies have been recovered, with dozens more people missing.

"We don't rule out the possibility of some person alive, but the condition in which the homes are makes that possibility pretty unlikely", Sanchez said, adding that some of the ash was still at temperatures between 400 C and 700 C.

However, the prospects of finding any more survivors was poor, he said. DNA testing and other methods will be required to identify them.

Guatemala's National Institute of Forensic Sciences raised the death toll to 99 late in afternoon, an increase of 24 bodies for the day.

People carry the coffins of seven people who died during the eruption of the Volcan de Fuego (background), to the cemetery in San Juan Alotenango, Guatemala, June 4, 2018.