Residents carry the coffins of seven people who died following the eruption of the Fuego volcano along the streets of Alotenango, Guatemala.
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has also released new imagery that shows the moment the Fuego volcano erupted.
People of the villages skirting Guatemala's Volcano of Fire have begun mourning the few dead who could be identified after an eruption killed dozens by engulfing them in floods of searing ash and mud. The images show lava shooting into the air as a glowing flow of molten lava floods down the mountain and a cloud of boiling ash lands on villages. Guatemalan officials told ABC News they expect the death toll to rise in the coming days.
"We don't rule out the possibility of some person alive, but the condition in which the homes are makes that possibility pretty unlikely", said the spokesman, Julio Sanchez, adding that some of the ash was still at temperatures between 400 and 700 degrees Celsius.
Garcia Ixpata said 20 of her family members are missing.
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Operation Blessing is helping to bring relief to survivors by delivering thousands of hygiene kits, food and water.
"We will continue until we find the last victim, though we do not know how many there are". "We had the information from our scientific service, and they told us the trend was that the activity was diminishing".
A rescue team from Israel is also aiding with rescue efforts.
Motta commented, "It's incredible. It's wonderful how God is using every situation on our behalf". It said the eruption has affected a total of 1.7 million people. (Rodrigo Abd / Associated Press) Coffee plants covered in ash in Las Lajas, Guatemala.
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