GUATEMALA CITY – After the identification of nine additional victims, Guatemalan authorities raised on Wednesday to 147 the official death toll – that is to say, victims whose remains have been identified – from the June 3 eruption of the Fuego volcano.
The National Forensic Sciences Institute said that it had managed to identify nine more sets of human remains, including three minors – a 12-year-old boy and two teenagers, both aged 16.
However, the institute said that it was continuing to work to attach names to another 263 pending cases in the aftermath of the eruption.
Meanwhile, National Disaster Reduction Coordinator spokesman David De Leon said that with the new identifications the official death toll from the eruption presently stands at 147, along with 276 people missing.
On June 3, the Fuego volcano registered one of the biggest eruptions in its history, affecting almost two million people and causing considerably material damage.