Rescuers tirelessly search for 200 missing near Guatemala volcano


Netanyahu also offered Israeli medical and logistical aid to the Central American nation. We feel the love of the country of Israel and we love them too.

According to Hadashot TV news, a team of Israeli doctors will fly out to the disaster zone on Thursday.

Lacking electricity in the hardest hit areas, emergency crews were carrying out rescue efforts during daylight hours and calling them off for safety reasons when darkness fell.

At least 192 people are missing and 75 are dead as a result of the explosion of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala on Sunday, officials say.

Authorities cautiously resumed search and rescue operations Wednesday in towns and villages devastated by the eruption of Guatemala's Volcano of Fire, with time quickly running out to find any survivors.

The eruption sent a jet of ash, stones and smoke shooting more than 20 kilometers (12 miles) into the sky, plunging the region into darkness, and sparking a huge tsunami that was felt around the world.

The search for bodies in mountain villages destroyed by the eruption was progressing slowly, officials said, given the nature of the terrain and the way the volcano released large amounts of boiling mud, rock and ash down the mountain.

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The superheated debris that buried victims on Sunday left many bodies unrecognisable.

"You can't say all pyroclastic flows are always more risky than all lava flows, but you can generally say that pyroclastic flows are more unsafe than lavas overall", said Ken Rubin, chair of the Department of Geology and Geophysics and the University of Hawaii.

No evacuation alert was issued before the volcano erupted on Sunday, said Sergio Cabañas, the director of Guatemala's disaster prevention agency.

Rescue workers look for remains at an area affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano at El Rodeo in Escuintla, Guatemala June 6, 2018.

The Fuego volcano erupted yesterday, sending lahars down the side of the mountain and huge plumes of ash into the air.

Clouds of ash rise from the Volcan de Fuego, or Volcano of Fire, seen from the El Rodeo hamlet of Escuintla in Guatemala.

The fast-moving flows with temperatures as high as 700 Celsius and hot ash and volcanic gases that can cause rapid asphyxiation caught many off guard.