Almost 200 missing after new round of eruptions in Guatemala

Despite offers of worldwide help from the United States, Mexico and several Latin American neighbours, Guatemalan authorities have not made a request for foreign aid.

And a total of 192 people remain missing since the weekend eruptions, disaster relief agency chief Sergio Cabanas told reporters. CBS News spoke to some residents who recently got much-needed food and water.

"In a matter of three or four minutes the village disappeared", Castillo said, smothered in what he described as a "sea" of muck that came crashing into homes, inundating people, pets and wildlife.

The volcano shot ash and gas several kilometres up into the sky, which then fell back down and left debris across areas more than 15 kilometres away.

"We will continue until we find the last victim, though we do not know how many there are".

Figures for the dead were tweeted by Guatemala's National Institute of Forensic Sciences.

The volcano first erupted on Sunday, and is its worst eruption in more than one hundred years. My children say they would rather be in the streets.

"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. Rescuers wearing hard hats, masks and goggles used shovels to dig through homes, unearthing at least one body burned beyond recognition.

People praised the police officers on Twitter for the rescue. Vazquez said that the dog's name is Rambo.

Vazquez had no explanation for how the dog survived while the people died. There are many people who are helping us, but we have absolutely nothing.

The prospects of finding any more survivors was poor, he said. "We are going to have to resort to other methods. and if possible take DNA samples to identify them".

Naomi Diaz of the Ciraiz Beauty Academy said they were moved to help because they saw people who had lost everything. The U.S. Air Force is airlifting several injured children to the U.S. for medical treatment, while search crews are trying to recover the bodies of victims.

  • Rogelio Becker