Guatemala's Volcano of Fire emits another hot sediment flow

Blanche Robertson
June 13, 2018

A week after the eruption of Guatemala's Volcano of Fire claimed over 100 lives, volunteers locally were hard at work, organizing care packages and supplies for the victims and survivors.

For five hours members of El Encuentro Church collected donations to help the victims.

Stunned Guatemalans near the Fuego volcano on Friday buried relatives and friends killed in its most violent eruption in four decades, after unsafe flows of ash, rocks and toxic gases in the morning prompted panicked locals to evacuate.

"The goal", Valdez said, "is to give people hope that everything is going to be OK, make them smile, and make them feel supported by, at least, us".

Though formal search efforts have been suspended until the volcano stabilizes, some people are still searching for their missing relatives.

Official search efforts for the missing were suspended for the third straight day Saturday amid risky conditions. Her family had gathered for lunch because her sister was visiting from a village nearby.

Garcia believes her nine siblings and their families as well as her mother, her grown-up children and a grandson, were killed.

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Desperate, Garcia ran, jumping over fences together with fleeing neighbors.

The fruit-seller ran to safety and watched in horror as the burning flow engulfed her house completely with her 21-year-old son inside it and as her daughter Vilma Liliana, 23, failed to outrun it.

Her other daughter Sheiny Rosmery, 28, stayed at home, her son in her arms.

U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, was also in attendance and said that she is asking that temporary protective status is considered for numerous Guatemalans who may flee the country.

With nearly no family left, she does not know where she will live next, or what she will do to survive.

"My family is buried".

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