Monday 2 August 2021

About 200 Reported Missing Over Guatemala’s Volcano Eruption – Authorities

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The number of people who were reported missing after Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano eruption amounted to nearly 200 people, Sergio Cabanas, the head of the National Coordination for Disaster Reduction of Guatemala, said.

The country’s National Institute of Forensic Sciences said on Tuesday that bodies of 75 people were found, while only 23 were identified.

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The volcano Fuego located some 25 miles west of Guatemala City erupted on Sunday. Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales declared on Monday a three-day period of national mourning.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported earlier that a 5.2 magnitude earthquake has stricken Guatemala a day after a deadly volcanic eruption occured. An epicenter was located some 104 kilometers south-southwest of the town of Champerico and had an approximate depth of ten kilometers.

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The local-based media outlets reported earlier that dozens of people were missing with over 3,000 more having been evacuated from the affected areas. The Guatemalan authorities said earlier they fear the death toll would increase.

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