Guatemala’s Volcan de Fuego, or “Volcano of Fire” erupted about 30 miles from Guatemala City on Sunday. It spewed a fiery mix of ash, lava and gases into the air with fast-flowing lava running down its sides. At least 2 million people have been affected by the disaster and the death toll is sitting at 69 although it’s expected to dramatically increase. 

The next difficult task is identifying the deceased. Fanuel Garcia, director of Guatemala’s National Institute of Forensic Science, said that many of the bodies that have been discovered have been so severely burned that they have no fingerprints. 


“It is very difficult for us to identify them because some of the dead lost their features or their fingerprints” from the red-hot flows, Mr Garcia said in a statement. “We are going to have to resort to other methods… and if possible take DNA samples to identify them.”

 

 

 

 

Roommates, please keep these people in your thoughts and prayers!

 

 

 

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Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/guatemala-volcano-death-toll-latest-fuego-pyroclastic-flows-volcano-a8383451.html

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