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World In volcano's wake, a Guatemalan town became a cemetery

07:55  12 june  2018
07:55  12 june  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupts killing six

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Volcano turns Guatemalan town into a cemetery . Volcano turns Guatemalan town into a cemetery . A dog walks past trees covered with ash after the eruption of the Fuego volcano in San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala , June 8, 2018.

Relatives mourn Maritza Nij Ramos Davila, 40, during her wake in Alotenango, Guatemala Children who survived the eruption of the Volcan de Fuego or " Volcano of Fire" are entertained by a Relatives of Sandra Orizabal Diaz pray during her burial service at a cemetery in Escuintla, Guatemala

By Carlos Jasso and Sofia Menchu

There was no time to eat. Sunday family lunches were interrupted, the food left on the table. Children abandoned toys, and clothes still hung on lines in backyards. Animals died petrified.

A stone crushed a man fleeing a volcano. Archaeologists just found his 2,000-year-old remains.

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“I don’t know what they are going to do with this land,” Paez said days after Guatemala ’ s Volcano of Fire violently erupted, “but please, nobody should ever be allowed to live there again.” You can go and tell them to leave, but that becomes a very big social problem.

Drone footage shot on Tuesday showed the town of El Rodeo in a lifeless state. SAN MIGUEL LOS LOTES, Guatemala (AP) — The Latest on the eruption of Guatemala ' s Volcano of Fire (all times local) Relatives mourn Maritza Nij Ramos Davila, 40, during her wake in Alotenango, Guatemala

Guatemalan authorities reacted slowly to signs of the Fuego volcano's impending eruption on June 3, contributing to one of the most tragic natural disasters in recent Guatemalan history.

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The volcano rumbled to life early that Sunday. By midday, it was spewing ash in smoking columns miles high that then fell, dusting a wide swath of the Central American country.

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But with the mountain's rumbles and the first ash showers, many villagers made a fatal bet to stay put, gambling that luck that had protected them for decades would hold once again.

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In the afternoon things took a turn for the worse. Tons of ash propelled by scalding, toxic gases poured down Fuego's flanks. These "pyroclastic flows" hit much faster, more lethal speeds than lava, dragging trees and giant rocks down onto villages in their path.

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Rescuers suspended search and recovery efforts on Thursday at villages devastated by the eruption of Guatemala ’ s Volcano of Fire, leaving people with missing loved ones distraught and prompting some to do the risky work themselves They should get them out so we can take them to the cemetery .”

SAN MIGUEL LOS LOTES, Guatemala (AP) — The Latest on the eruption of Guatemala ' s Volcano Relatives mourn Maritza Nij Ramos Davila, 40, during her wake in Alotenango, Guatemala Relatives of Sandra Orizabal Diaz pray during her burial service at a cemetery in Escuintla, Guatemala

By the time most families in the worst-hit hamlets of El Rodeo and San Miguel de Los Lotes knew what was happening, they only had time to run, if that.

'Nobody is left': Guatemala volcano ravaged entire families

  'Nobody is left': Guatemala volcano ravaged entire families <p>Lilian Hernandez wept as she spoke the names of aunts, uncles, cousins, her grandmother and two great-grandchildren — 36 family members in all — missing and presumed dead in the explosion of Guatemala's Volcano of Fire.</p>Lilian Hernandez wept as she spoke the names of aunts, uncles, cousins, her grandmother and two great-grandchildren — 36 family members in all — missing and presumed dead in the explosion of Guatemala's Volcano of Fire.

Relatives of Sandra Orizabal Diaz pray during her burial service at a cemetery in Escuintla, Guatemala , Thursday, June 7, 2018. The Volcan de Fuego, or " Volcano of Fire," blows a cloud of ash in Escuintla, Guatemala , Thursday, June 7, 2018.

/ Children who survived the eruption of the Volcan de Fuego or " Volcano of Fire" are entertained by Relatives mourn Maritza Nij Ramos Davila, 40, during her wake in Alotenango, Guatemala Relatives of Sandra Orizabal Diaz pray during her burial service at a cemetery in Escuintla, Guatemala

"My family was having lunch, they left the plates of food and stopped eating and fled," said Pedro Gomez, a 45-year-old welder. "They took nothing but their clothes on their backs."

Now, everything in the previously lush, bright green landscape is coated in thick layers of sepia-colored volcanic ash, giving the place the eerie feeling of a ghost ship. Where once there was life, there is heat, dust and a lingering smell of sulfur.

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In one home, the pages of a Bible are singed. Outside, cattle lay dead. A bass drum lay abandoned. In kitchens, there was food in pots ready to be served.

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At least 110 people have died and close to 200 are thought buried under the rubble in the hamlet on the fertile lower slopes of the volcano. Fuego - Spanish for "fire" - rises between the regions of Sacatepequez, Escuintla and Chimaltenango about 30 miles (50 km) from Guatemala City, the nation's capital.

At Guatemala volcano, families left on own to keep searching

  At Guatemala volcano, families left on own to keep searching A teen who works at a plant nursery near Guatemala's volcano disaster is certain he knows where his parents are, and that knowledge is driving him to desperation.&nbsp;Lying on his stomach, he reaches into a narrow space left between the top of a window and the tons of ash now filling the one-story house. The ash is almost up to the roof, and his efforts are so futile he stops and weeps softly.

/ Children who survived the eruption of the Volcan de Fuego or " Volcano of Fire" are entertained by Relatives mourn Maritza Nij Ramos Davila, 40, during her wake in Alotenango, Guatemala Relatives of Sandra Orizabal Diaz pray during her burial service at a cemetery in Escuintla, Guatemala

In her words: “They should get them out so we can take them to the cemetery .” The children died in the town of San Miguel Los Lotes. PM Harris sends Guatemala condolences in wake of deadly Volcano eruption.

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Rescuers searching for bodies walked on the roofs of houses as if they were floors, digging down into buildings where they have found only corpses of those who stayed behind. Only a few dogs, chickens, rabbits and cats survived.

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As the burning volcanic matter rushed at them, some escaped on foot, others by car.

"I took out the pickup truck and escaped with a lot of neighbours when we saw the smoke," said Alejandro Velasquez, 46, a farmer.

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Others with still less time ran through bushes and leaped across barbed wire and wooden fences to reach the main road of the town of Escuintla, near Los Lotes.

Many lost 10 to 50 relatives each, descendents of intertwining generations of a small families who settled in Los Lotes more than 40 years ago. They refuse to give up hope of finding relatives - or at least their remains. "My entire family is missing," said Jose Ascon. The young man argued with police who had temporarily halted rescue efforts after more flows from the eruption.

"I would give my life to find my family."

(Reporting by Carlos Jasso and Sofia Menchu; writing by Delphine Schrank; editing by Frank Jack Daniel and Jonathan Oatis)

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