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The images show a town buried, almost obliterated, by Sunday's deadly volcanic eruption in Guatemala that's claimed over 90 lives.
Volcan de Fuego, or "Volcano of Fire", released a white plume of smoke as firefighters carried a stretcher during their rescue and recovery efforts in El Rodeo, Guatemala, today.
Experts said the volcano recorded several weak explosions on Wednesday, generating a fresh 4,700-metre (15,500 feet) high column of grey ash.
"We now have an accounting with names and towns where people have gone missing and we have a figure, which is 192 people who we have unaccounted for", Disaster Relief Agency chief Sergio Cabañas told the France-Presse news agency.
Firefighters say the chance of finding anyone alive is practically non-existent 72 hours after Sunday's volcanic explosion.
At a roadblock, Joel Gonzalez complained that police wouldn't let him through to see his family's house in the village of San Juan Alotenango, where his 76-year-old father lay buried in ash along with four other relatives.
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The death toll stands at 70, but is expected to rise.
People praised the police officers on Twitter for the rescue.
Guatemala's "Volcano of Fire" has erupted again causing thousands to flee from their homes and setting off panic - even in areas where the latest evacuation order does not apply.
The region that was once rich of color was reduced to a blanket of grey dust.
"The bodies are already charred".
Authorities have not offered any estimate of how many people might still be missing.
Alfonso Castillo, a 33-year-old farm worker, said nothing seemed abnormal on Sunday - but then the situation became significantly more risky. "We are talking about a tragedy, a national mourning", said Guatemala President Jimmy Morales, CNN reported.
The head of the International Red Cross Francesco Rocca is due to visit the country on Thursday, the Geneva-based agency said.