Guatemala volcano: Baby rescue miracle as death toll rises

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The June 3 eruption buried entire towns in a thick blanket of ash and debris, causing hundreds to flee the toxic fumes.

Indigenous authorities from Solola waits to joining to rescue work near Volcan de Fuego, or Volcano of Fire in Escuintla, Guatemala, Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

The volcano shot ash and gas several kilometres up into the sky, which then fell back down and left debris across areas more than 15 kilometres away.

Guatemala's seismology and volcanology institute is warning of new volcanic flows on the western slope of the Volcano of Fire.

Thousands of people were affected by the volcanic eruption, with about 3,500 seeking refuge in shelters.

Seventy-five deaths have been confirmed so far, a toll that is expected to rise with at least 192 said to be missing.

In previous disasters wherein authorities decided there was no probability of discovering survivors and additional efforts to get better our bodies can be too troublesome, areas have been declared burial websites, the ultimate resting place of the victims. DNA testing and other methods will be required to identify them.

Emergency corps had to evacuate the so-called zone 0 of the tragedy today, in response to new rumbles and columns of smoke that emerge from the Fuego volcano, which apparently refuses to give peace to Guatemala.

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Dozens of people were seen walking along roadsides carrying children or a few belongings beside paralysed traffic in parts of Escuintla township south of the volcano. "The second round of eruptions in the last 24 hours is contributing to a rising death toll and 1.7 million people are now affected by the disaster". One More Child's Vice President Andrew Tattrie said members have been keeping the organization up to date with what's happening. Wednesday morning rescuers were concerned about possible dangers posed not only by more volcanic flows but also rain.

The Colima volcano is one of the most active in Mexico and in the last days its activity has intensified.

The disaster agency said a little earlier that at least 70 people had died from Sunday's eruption of the volcano west of Guatemala City. "At one of the shelters, the number of people had doubled by Monday night (June 4) and the number of deaths is increasing".

A BABY girl who was buried under ash from the Guatemalan volcano disaster has survived and been rescued, a small miracle amid the devastation.

Francis sent a telegram of condolence Tuesday, saying he was "profoundly sorry" to learn of the high toll.

"When the lava was already here they passed by in their pickup trucks yelling at us to leave, but the cars did not stop to pick up the people", Letran said.

Director of Guatemala's National Institute of Forensic Science, Fanuel Garcia, said: "It is very hard for us to identify them because some of the dead lost their features or their finger prints".