Guatemala resumes search for victims of volcano eruption

Author: Associated Press
Boris Rodriguez, 24, who is searching for his wife, cries after seeing the condition of his neighborhood, destroyed by the erupting Volcan de Fuego, or “Volcano of Fire,” in Escuintla, Guatemala, Monday, June 4, 2018. The volcano exploded Sunday, sending ash high into the sky and lava flows cascading into rural hamlets on the mountain’s slopes. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)

Guatemala’s disaster agency says it is resuming the search for bodies after a weeklong suspension at the Volcano of Fire.

Conred spokesman David de Leon said Wednesday that rescuers are headed back into the impacted area.

At least 110 people were killed when the volcano erupted June 3, sending waves of super-heated debris down onto villages on its flanks. About 200 people are listed as missing and authorities continue working to identify some of the recovered bodies.

Heavy rains and continued volcanic activity led authorities to suspend their search last week. But families and friends of the missing have continued searching on their own in the hamlet of San Miguel Los Lotes.

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