Dangerous conditions force suspension of Guatemala volcano rescue efforts

Soldiers inspect the disaster zone after the Fuego Volcano eruption in the village of San Miguel Los Lotes, in Escuintla Department, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 7, 2018.

Rescuers suspended the search for survivors in areas devastated by the eruption of Guatemala’s Fuego volcano on Thursday because weather conditions and still-hot volcanic material were making the work too dangerous. “It rained very hard yesterday. … The soil is unstable,” said Pablo Castillo, a spokesman for the national police. Some distraught residents kept looking for missing loved ones using their own tools. The death toll continued rising, with an additional 10 confirmed deaths bringing the total to 109. Another 200 people are believed missing.

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