Guatemalan children suffering from burns flown to Texas for medical treatment

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The National Institute of Forensic Sciences raised the death toll to 99 late in the afternoon - an increase of 24 bodies for the day. Only 28 have been identified so far, it said.

"My father, my mother, my sisters are there", she said, upset over rescuers' decision to suspend their search. Boiling water flowing down the volcano's slopes from dangerously hot volcanic gas and ash also posed a threat.

Hundreds of people were evacuated from seven communities in the Escuintla area near the summit, as panicked locals rushed to their cars to escape, causing chaotic traffic.

It said the lahars could sweep down the mountain laden with concrete, rocks up to a meter in diameter and tree trunks.

Guatemalan officials have confirmed 99 dead, with many more missing. Associated Press photojournalist Moises Castillo contributed from San Miguel Los Lotes. The remains were wrapped in bags.

Before and after satellite photos released on Thursday showed the destruction wrought by deadly flows of super-heated materials and debris from the volcano. Homes were buried to the roofline by ash and mud.

Thursday morning the spokesperson of the Coordinating Agency for Disaster Reduction, David De Leon, announced the temporary suspension of the rescue operation due to bad weather conditions.

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"It rained very hard yesterday".

"The bodies are already charred", he said. Wiping a tear from his eye, Chavez says they searched shelters, hospitals, everywhere, to no avail.

Rains have been hitting the area and the agency says climatic conditions as well as the still-hot volcanic material deposited on the villages makes it unsafe for the rescuers.

At least six children who have been severely burned by Sunday's volcanic eruption in Guatemala will receive care at Shriners Hospital in Galveston.

On an open-air patio at Murray D. Lincoln school in the nearby city of Escuintla, several people sat on plastic chairs covered by aprons as volunteers attended to them Wednesday. However, you can help them by donating online. There are many people who are helping us, but we have absolutely nothing.

Authorities have admitted that a communication breakdown between Conred and volcanologists in Guatemala delayed evacuations from the surrounding area. Firefighters said the chance of finding anyone alive amid the still-steaming terrain was practically nonexistent 72 hours after Sunday's volcanic explosion.