Located 50 kilometers west of the capital, the volcano woke up for second time this year on Sunday, June 3, with one of the most powerful eruptions since 1954. In the murk created by the dust, police were using red ink to mark homes that had already been searched for bodies.
"This appeal is focused on issues of recovery and reconstruction, it is important now that the people who are sheltered and have been injured or traumatised can be reinserted into normal activity", added de León.
More than 100 people have been killed and hundreds more are still missing. Their chances of having survived in the superheated pyroclastic ash storm are slim to none.
Sandra's father Pedro Orizabal insisted he said goodbye "with great pain".
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"We can only work in places where we can stand on the roofs of houses because there is an area higher up that we cannot reach, we tried, but we had to walk on wooden boards", said 25-year-old relief worker Diego Lorenzana.
The children died in the town of San Miguel Los Lotes.
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"At the request of the Government of Guatemala, we are sending emergency aid, including financial resources to help meet food, water, and sanitation needs for the affected population", the release said. The agency said it made a decision to suspend the search now that 72 hours had passed.
"The United States is also sending aircraft to assist in transporting burn victims of this bad event for treatment in Texas", the White House said. We also don't know the children's exact ages, but some of them could be very young.
Late Wednesday a U.S. Air Force C-17 carried six Guatemalan children who were badly burned for treatment at the Shriner's Hospital in Galveston, Texas.
Associated Press writer Mark Stevenson reported this story in San Miguel Los Lotes and AP writer Sonia Perez D. reported from Escuintla.
He urged residents to stay away from the area, which is about 40 kilometers southwest of Guatemala City.
Guatemalan officials say that 99 people are confirmed dead, with many more still missing.