Authorities say the death toll from Sunday’s eruption is likely to keep rising. An extensive search for survivors continues in the ash and rubble, after Guatemala’s Fuego volcano exploded.
One official said, “It is very difficult for us to identify them because some of the dead lost their features or their fingerprints,” due to the heat from the volcanic flow.
The government says at least 1.7 million people across Guatemala are believed to have been affected by the eruption. Dozens have been injured, and evacuations near the volcano have involved more than 3,000 people.
It is not yet clear how many people are still missing.