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Dozens dead after volcano erupts in Guatemala

Brian Rivera, who lost 13 members of his family during the eruption of the Fuego volcano, is comforted, near debris of his home at San Miguel Los Lotes, Escuintla, Guatemala, June 7, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Jasso/Reuters)

Dozens dead after volcano erupts in Guatemala

The search for survivors from deadly eruptions of Guatemala’s Fuego volcano was temporarily suspended on Thursday due to dangerous conditions for rescue workers, as the death toll from the disaster reached 100, authorities said.

Residents should stay away from the still-dangerous area, said David de Leon, a spokesman for national disaster management agency CONRED.

The toll of dead from a series of eruptions that began on Sunday has been gradually rising and now stands at 100, police said.

Rescue teams have been searching frantically for survivors and victims in the lava-ravaged landscape. The violent eruptions showered volcanic ash over nearby towns and spewed pyroclastic flows throughout the area. (Reuters)

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