Guatemala's Volcano of Fire released a flow of burning sediment and rock Saturday, causing authorities to order new preventative evacuations nearly a week after the initial eruption left at least 110 people dead and about 200 missing.
Volcan de Fuego (the Volcano of Fire) erupted in Guatemala last Sunday.
U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, was also in attendance and said that she is asking that temporary protective status is considered for numerous Guatemalans who may flee the country.
Disaster agency CONRED said on Friday morning that flows accumulated in four canyons and the buildup of volcanic material could spread to other areas.
The Mexican government continues to provide aid and relief efforts for those affected by the eruption of Guatemala's Fuego Volcano.
Institute director Eddy Sanchez said the risks from the Volcano of Fire are not over even though its activity has been decreasing.
The Fuego Volcano continues to release ash and smoke as seen from the village of San Miguel Los Lotes. — AFP
The hamlet of San Miguel Los Lotes on the lush southern flank of the volcano was nearly completely swallowed by several meters of ash, and formal search efforts have been suspended until the still-erupting volcano stabilizes.
A series of blasts since have spewed more deadly, fast-moving pyroclastic flows down the slopes, but have not caused more casualties since authorities have evacuated most residents.
In Guatemala City, meanwhile, about 1,000 people blew whistles and carried torches and banners in a protest against the official handling of the tragedy.
"If the search is not going to be continued [authorities] should send us help because even if it's just bones, we want our families back", said Eufemia Garcia, a 47-year-old woman who told Reuters nearly 50 members of her extended family are still missing.
Garcia's mother had already resigned to her fate, "let God's will be done", she said.