Children burned in Guatemalan eruption flown to Texas
Jun 09 2018
The fiery volcanic eruption in south-central Guatemala killed scores as rescuers struggled to reach people where homes and roads were charred and blanketed with ash.
Since the eruption, downpours and more volcanic activity had been hindering searches, but when teams have been able to work in the hardest hit areas, the death toll has continued to rise.
Ninety-nine people are now known to have died since Sunday, and almost 200 others remain unaccounted for. The church has a mission in nearby Antigua, where church officials have been sending truckloads of supplies.
In the days since the disaster, he said, no government official had come by to take down information or lend a hand, even as crews used earth-moving equipment not far away to clear a stretch of blocked highway.
A volcanic flow swept through El Rodeo and San Miguel Los Lotes on Sunday, burying homes up to rooftops.
U.S. President Donald Trump's administration said in a statement Thursday his government will send emergency aid to help meet food, water, and sanitation needs.
Rescue brigades continue to search for victims amid the tons of ash and sand after Fuego's eruption, the most powerful in more than four decades.
Nohemi Ascon is the 41-year-old aunt of six young children who were killed in Sunday's eruption of the Volcano of Fire.
Just why they are so threatening can be seen from some of the eyewitness videos on YouTube of the Guatemalan eruption.
The family holed up in a house that heated up "like a boiler" inside, he said, then made their way onto the roof and then to the upper story of another, concrete home.
Another Los Lotes resident who survived the volcano, Alonso Castillo, estimated that more than 400 people lived in the town.
"My father, my mother, my sisters are there", she said, upset over rescuers' decision to suspend their search.
Conred, the national disaster agency, said climatic conditions and still-hot volcanic material were making it unsafe for rescuers.
The eruption of Vesuvius, in Italy, in 79 AD produced a powerful pyroclastic flow, burying the Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum under a thick blanket of ash.
Burn victims from Guatemala have arrived in Galveston to be treated at Shriners Pediatric Burn Hospital. The exact ages of the children have not been released due to medical confidentiality, but we do know they are between the ages of one and 16 years old.
Washington also dispatched aircraft to help transport burn victims to Florida and Texas.