Miraculous rescue of baby buried under volcanic ash

07 June, 2018, 13:45 | Author: Grady Montgomery
  • Guatemala's Fuego volcano

What was once a collection of verdant canyons, hillsides and farms resembled a moonscape of ash, rock and debris today in the aftermath of the fast-moving avalanche of super-heated muck that roared into the tightly knit villages on the mountain's flanks, devastating entire families.

Volcanologists said earlier on Tuesday that the initial eruption, which sent ash up to 10km (33,000ft) into the sky, was over for the near future.

The 3,763-meter Volcan de Fuego is one of several active volcanoes among 34 in the Central American country.

At a shelter in the Murray D. Lincoln school in the city of Escuintla, about 10 miles (15 kilometers) from the volcano's peak, Alfonso Castillo said he and his extended family of 30 had lived on a shared plot in Los Lotes where each family had its own home.

Officials said the seismic event has affected almost 2 million people. Rescuers, police and journalists hurried to leave the area as a siren wailed and loudspeakers blared, "Evacuate!"

"We can only work in places where we can stand on the roofs of houses. because the ash is very hot". "That was the last time I saw her". These flows - a combination of ash, rock and volcanic gases - travel so fast during an eruption that its impossible for anything to outrun them.




Volcanologist Dr Janine Krippner told the BBC that people should not underestimate the risk from pyroclastic flows and volcanic mudflows, known as lahars.

Firefighters said the chance of finding anyone alive amid the still-steaming terrain was practically non-existent 72 hours after the volcanic explosion on Sunday.

The National Forensic Sciences Agency said in a report Wednesday that morgues had received the remains of 99 people killed as a result of the eruption. "They are taking away our opportunity to say goodbye". Rescuers struggled to reach people where homes and roads were charred and blanketed with ash.

But over 200 people are still missing, and the emergency services are working hard to find them.

"We now have an accounting with names and towns where people have gone missing and we have a figure, which is 192 people who we have unaccounted for", Disaster Relief Agency chief Sergio Cabanas was quoted as saying by AFP news agency.

"The conditions are extremely critical at this moment", Eddy Sanchez, director of Guatemala's National Institute of Seismology, Vulcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology, said.

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