GUATEMALA VOLCANO ERUPTION: Emergency Team On the Spot Over Late Response
Opposition politicians in Guatemala want the head of the emergency response agency , Conred to be dismissed.
They say Conred failed to heed advance warnings about the deadly eruption of the Fuego volcano.
A senior opposition figure, Mario Taracena, said the government should investigate whether there was criminal negligence.
Ninety-nine people are now known to have died since Sunday, and many others remain unaccounted for.
Villages on the slopes were buried in volcanic ash and mud after Fuego erupted.
Subsequent smaller eruptions and the high temperatures of the rock and mud debris have made search teams’ work extremely difficult.
More than 1.7 million people have been affected by Sunday’s eruption, with more than 3,000 evacuated.
Volcanology experts say they warned officials to evacuate the area around the Fuego volcano early on Sunday – due to increased seismic activity and fast-moving flows of volcanic matter.
But it is alleged that Conred did not act immediately.
The agency itself says the expert warnings were not precise enough to trigger a mass evacuation.