Innumerable terminated as Fuego volcano erupts in Guatemala. This has been the most violent volcano killing 62 people. Plenty of more are missing and the number of dead could increase. Villages situated on the slopes of Fuego volcano have entombed under the volcanic ash, mud and rocks on Sunday’s 16 hour eruption.
Pyroclastic flows which travel swiftly and are made of very hot gas and volcanic matter scurried down the mountainside and deluged villages. President Jimmy Morales has announced a three day national grief. An additional pyroclastic flow on Monday caused panic. Guatemala’s coast has been hit by an earthquake as well but there are no casualties reported.
Fuego, about 40km (25 miles) south-west of the capital Guatemala City ejected rock, gas and ash into the sky. Swiftly moving flows battered villages, terminating people at their homes. Sergio Cabañas head of the country’s National Disaster Management Agency said that El Rodeo has been entombed.
Other villages that have been impacted are Alotenango and San Miguel Los Lotes. Rescue work is going on and no stones are remaining unturned. Short term shelters have been designed for about 3,000 inhabitants that have been evacuated.
Efrain Gonzalez, who abandoned El Rodeo with his wife and one-year-old daughter, said that he had to leave his other two children, aged four and ten, confined in the family home. Local resident Ricardo Reyes was impelled to vacate his home and escape with his family. All their possessions remained in the house. And when things cooled down they came to see, everything was in shambles.
Simon Morgan was born and raised in Ottawa. Simon has worked as a freelance journalist for nearly a decade and written for The Ottawa Sun, the Vancouver Sun and the Star. As a journalist for Island Daily Tribune, Simon mostly covers community events and human interest stories.