Death Toll From Guatemala Volcano Eruption Rises To 65 With Recovery Of More Bodies

| June 5 , 2018 , 10:40 IST

The death toll from the explosive eruption of the Fuego Volcano in Guatemala rose to 65 on Tuesday as more bodies were recovered by rescue workers from the under the dust and rubble. Another 46 people are injured, most of them seriously while more than 1.7 million have been affected by the eruption overall, including 3,271 people forced to evacuate and 1,787 in shelters.

The Disaster Relief Agency spokesperson David de Leon confirmed the death toll of 65 in a media briefing, an increase from the last official death toll of 25. The 3,763-meter volcano had began erupting on Sunday, but the extent of the damage was witnessed later on as during the search for survivors, more dead bodies were recovered.

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The eruption of the Fuego Volcano ended after 16.5 hours, but the Institute of Volcanology has warned that "there is a likelihood that it will reactivate". The speed and ferocity of the eruption took locals by surprise and those who were killed first were overrun by fast-moving burning material discharged from the volcano on Sunday. Several of the casualties were children.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales who visited the disaster zone directly, has declared 3 days of national morning.

The Fuego volcano has been erupting since 2002 and was continuously active in 2017. Last month, there were explosions, ash plumes and a volcanic mudflow recorded.