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06/06/2018

Guatemala searches for nearly 200 missing persons, while the reported casualties from Fuego volcano reach 75

Civil protection authorities report an increase in volcanic activity

Conred rescue teams helping a victim in the area near the volcano

The rescue teams continued today with the search for missing persons in the area of Guatemala affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano. All while the volcano is still active with moderate explosions. The authorities put the death toll at 75 and the Guatemalan government has confirmed that it has a reconstruction plan in place for the disaster area.

The brigades arrived yesterday at the so-called "zero zone" wearing special suits and masks, to find houses of up to three stories buried under tons of ash and volcanic sediments. Residents of the disaster area fear the worst, saying that many of their neighbors, now missing, could not leave their homes in time.

The number of affected remains at 1.7 million, the evacuees add up to 3,271, while 2,625 people have been served in shelters in the departments of Escuintla and Sacatepéquez.

This article is incomplete. Click here to read the full text from its original source, La Vanguardia
Photo Credit: Conred Guatemala (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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