6 injured children in Guatemala volcano eruption get treatment in Houston
Jun 10 2018 by Desiree Burns
Explosions boomed from Guatemala's Fuego volcano Wednesday, unleashing fresh torrents of mud and ash down slopes and hindering search and rescue efforts, as the death toll from a previous eruption rose to at least 99.
According to volcanologists, eruption records of Fuego volcano, one of the country's most active volcanoes, dates back to 1542.
"We already have data with names and locations where there are missing persons and that number is 192", Sergio Cabanas, head of Guatemala's disaster management agency, told reporters.
Guatemalan officials have confirmed 99 dead, with many more missing. A photograph taken shortly after the disaster showed their bodies huddled together on a bed in the corner of a room, covered in white ash and blood.
Subsoil temperatures hit up to 700 degrees during the height of the eruption, and now the search is well under way clearing the rubble of shattered homes, looking for bodies.
David de Leon, a spokesman for the national disaster agency CONRED, said the search may resume if ground conditions in the lava-ravaged area improve.
Oscar Chavez trekked over a mountain Thursday with his father and younger brother. Right? But we didn't do it to them, and these kids need help.
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The children died in the town of San Miguel Los Lotes.
About 10 police officers saw what the family was doing and came to help, bringing more robust tools.
Burn victims from Guatemala have arrived in Galveston to be treated at Shriners Pediatric Burn Hospital. We also don't know the children's exact ages, but some of them could be very young. Before Thursday they had been unable to access the area while rescuers were working.
Six children who were severely burned were flown to a Texas hospital Thursday for further treatment.
The eruption of the 3,763-meter (12,346-foot) volcano, located 35 kilometers (21 miles) southeast of Guatemala City, was the strongest in four decades. Officials said more pyroclastic flow is expected in the upcoming days.