Guatemalans struggle to recover the dead buried by volcano eruption
(CNN) – Maria Leticia has been grappling with the fear that her relatives didn’t escape the deadly hot gases, rock and ash that killed dozens as they raced down Guatemala’s Fuego volcano.
Towns were engulfed by thick, heavy ash from Sunday’s sudden eruption, blocking roads and leaving behind steaming debris that rescuers had trouble navigating.
Recovery workers have had difficulty breathing in the hazardous conditions. And heat from the ground has been so intense that the soles of some firefighters’ boots were tearing off and they were having to walk on wooden planks.
‘We saw the lava … pouring through the cornfields’
Displaced from their homes, survivors were anguished over the whereabouts of their loved ones. Bodies mounted at a morgue as families wailed in agony.