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At least 99 people have been killed and almost 200 are missing after the Volcano of Fire erupted in Guatemala over the weekend.

Authorities said more than 1.7 million people had been affected by the disaster, including more than 3,000 ordered evacuated, many living in shelters in Escuintla, Sacatepequez and Chimaltenango since Sunday's eruption. 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.

On Tuesday, more eruptions from Fuego forced rescue workers to scramble for safety, with ash billowing up more than 16,000 feet, ABC News reported.

A baby buried under ash after a volcanic eruption has miraculously survived.

Members of Guatemalan Army and police officers, search for victims in the ash-covered village of San Miguel Los Lotes, in Escuintla department, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, two days after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano, on June 5, 2018.

The superheated debris that buried victims on Sunday left many bodies unrecognisable.

It is expected that some of the missing are among the unidentified bodies, Cabanas said, according to ABC News. Numerous victims are unrecognisable, with officials warning that DNA testing and other methods may be needed to identify them.

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At a shelter for people displaced by the powerful volcanic eruption in Guatemala, student stylists are volunteering to give haircuts to people who were burned the day of the disaster.

The volcano is one of Central America's most active, and everyone was accustomed to rumbling and spewing smoke, so at first nothing seemed abnormal Sunday, the 33-year-old farm worker said.

"We were suffocating, couldn't breathe", said Maria Gomez.

Naomi Diaz of the Ciraiz Beauty Academy said she cut the hair of one woman whose hair had been so badly scorched she was unable to comb it. There are many people who are helping us, but we have absolutely nothing.

He said there were a number of people from the United Kingdom and Ireland volunteering with the relief effort, along with backpackers from the US, Canada and Europe.

At the wreckage in the village of San Miguel Los Lotes near the base of the volcano, rescue crews were operating again but rain from the previous night had caused the ash to harden.

Late on Tuesday the Foreign Office updated its advice to Britons in the area as the volcano continued to go through a period of increased activity.

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