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Death toll rises to 65 from Guatemala volcanic eruption, devastating pictures inside

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 5 June 2018, 13:21 IST

Guatemala's Fuego volcanic eruption death toll has increased to 65. As mud and ash swept down, rescue workers are facing a tough time finding the bodies. Structures and trees near the volcanic site are completely covered in brown and grey coating. The energy in the volcano generated a second explosion. Molten lava stretched at least five miles. The temperature of lava is about 700C.

In the above picture, a policeman wearing a surgical mask fell into the cloud of ash pouring down the slope.

The eruption of Fuego (Spanish for"fire") is one of the biggest eruptions in four decades. This has forced that shut down of the international airport as thousands of hectares of ash get dumped.

Till now over 3,200 people have left the area and resorted to shelters. Till now over 3,200 people have left the area and resorted to shelters.

According to local media, it isn't clear whether death toll has increased due to the second eruption on Monday. A rescue operation was put on halt after the fresh eruption happened on Monday and resulted in a landslide.

One of the rescue workers said, "We were pulling out bodies. We're going to wait a half hour before entering again."

First published: 5 June 2018, 13:21 IST
 
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