Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire; At least 69 people, including children, are known to have died

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Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire; At least 69 people, including children, are known to have died
Officials have warned it will take time to identify those killed following the powerful eruption of Guatemala's Volcano of Fire.At least 69 people, including children, are known to have died after rivers of lava made their way through remote mountain hamlets - but only 17 have been identified so far.An official from the National Institute of Forensic Sciences said: 'It is very difficult for us to identify them because some of the dead lost their features or their fingerprints.'We are going to have to resort to other methods... and if possible take DNA samples to identify them.'Emergency workers have faced challenging conditions as they dig through debris and mud in search of survivors - with smouldering terrain still hot enough to melt shoe soles.Residents had little or no time to flee to safety - and now, rescuers are using sledgehammers to break through the roofs of houses buried in debris to see if anyone is trapped inside.There have been reports of miracle survivors being wrenched to safety, with emergency crews in helicopters managing to pull at least 10 people out of areas cut off by the lava flows.An estimated 3,271 others have been evacuated.