Drone footage reveals devastation after Fuego volcano eruption

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Two members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are listed as missing and at least five others were taken to area hospitals with severe burns following Sunday's eruption of Guatemala's Fuego Volcano.

Areas buried in ash, June 4, 2019, after the eruption of the Fuego volcano, in Acatenango, Guatemala.

At least 69 people are known dead and thousands have evacuated from their homes since those living near the volcano were not prepared for the eruption. That volcano caused pyroclastic flows, which are essentially avalanches of gas, rock, lava and ash that can move at 50 miles per hour or faster.

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

The manhunt is continuing as national disaster agency, CONRED, said nearly 200 people are still missing.

"Any type of disaster like this is a blow to people emotionally and everyone here loves their country", Wallace says.

"My cousins Ingrid, Yomira, Paola, Jennifer, Michael, Andrea and Silvia, who was just 2-years-old", the distraught woman said - a litany that brought into sharp relief the scope of a disaster for which the final death toll is far from clear.

A large plume of ash spewed into the sky from the mountain as more molten volcanic material spread down Fuego's south side.

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People were killed inside their homes as a result.

Only some communities in Escuintla are under an evacuation order, but even in the more distant central Escuintla businesses have closed and people are leaving. Volcanic activity in the area is common, he told The Associated Press, but everything changed after a huge cloud of ash came pouring out.

The country's seismology and volcanology institute warned of new flows descending Wednesday afternoon through canyons on the volcano's western slope toward the Pantaleon River.

Experts say this eruption is the biggest since 1974.

General Walter Sanchez, in charge of operations around the epicenter of the destruction near the village of El Rodeo, said the heat from the ash and hot sediment made rescue work hard.

People carry the coffin of three-year-old Jennifer Andrea Morales who died during the eruption of the Volcan de Fuego, which in Spanish means Volcano of Fire, as villagers carry seven bodies to the cemetery in San Juan Alotenango, Guatemala, on Monday.

Francis sent a telegram of condolence Tuesday, saying he was "profoundly sorry" to learn of the high toll.

The volcano has been in eruption since 2002.

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