Guatemala City, June 7: The death toll from Guatemala volcano eruption increased to 99 as more bodies were recovered, according to authorities.
Guatemala’s National Forensic Sciences Institute (INACIF) on Wednesday announced that the remains of the 99 people have been sent to the morgues, while only 28 have been identified so far.
“We already have data with names and locations where there are missing persons and that number is 192,” stated Sergio Cabanas, head of Guatemala’s disaster management agency.
As per news agency Xinhua, explosions boomed from the 3,763-metre volcano on June 6, unleashing a new flow of dangerous volcanic material and prompting the rescuers to suspend the search operation for victims.
Meanwhile, experts also warned that heavy rains in the area could provoke avalanches due to the large flows of volcanic mud.
“The conditions are critical in the areas near Fuego volcano,” said Eddy Sanchez, Director of the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology, adding that initial eruption was the most violent explosion since 1974.
According to volcanologists, eruption records of Fuego volcano, one of the country’s most active volcanoes, dates back to 1542.
When it is at fiercest, the volcano could unleash ash all the way to Guatemala’s southern neighbours of El Salvador and Honduras.