Guatemala volcano eruption aerial pictures: Latest maps as Fuego manhunt continues

  • Guatemala volcano eruption aerial pictures: Latest maps as Fuego manhunt continues

Guatemala volcano eruption aerial pictures: Latest maps as Fuego manhunt continues

A man covered with ash after the eruption of the Fuego volcano, in San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla. The searing hot volcanic material that covered communities near the volcano left numerous bodies unrecognisable so DNA testing or other methods will be necessary for identification.

Villages on the slopes of the volcano were buried in volcanic ash and mud.

People praised the police officers on Twitter for the rescue.

Thousands of people have been evacuated in Guatemala since Sunday, when Fuego's largest eruption in four decades shot hot gas and smoke 6.2 miles into the sky, according to CONRED, the country's natural disaster agency.

Guatemala's National Institute of Seismology head Eddy Sanchez had predicted "no imminent eruption over the next few days".

At least 72 deaths have been reported since the volcano first erupted on Sunday, with many others missing.

People carry the coffins of seven people who died during the eruption of the Volcan de Fuego (background), to the cemetery in San Juan Alotenango, Guatemala, June 4, 2018.

Sunday's eruption was the most violent in more than a century.

People who lived in the area are now staying in temporary shelters. This number is expected to rise as much of the area is still too hot for rescue crews to search for bodies.

A deep layer of soot totally covered houses and trees in the town of El Rodeo.

"We are ready when CONRED as the governing body of emergency management authorise us to make an appeal", the ministry said in a statement.

As President Jimmy Morales toured the area and met with survivors on Monday, a woman begged him to help her loved ones in Los Lotes.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said they have released more than 250,000 Swiss francs ($253,446) from its global emergency fund to support frontline emergency efforts.

They were taken by the Guatemalan National Civil Police during the disaster operation, which has so far confirmed 75 deaths.

Authorities said explosions from the volcano, which again streamed pyroclastic flows Tuesday, are threatening villages southeast of the mountain. At least 46 people have been injured.