The death toll from the explosive eruption of Guatemala’s Fuego volcano has reached 109 with at least 197 people still missing.

Search-and-rescue efforts were suspended yesterday because of the continued presence of scorching volcanic material and poor weather conditions, Guatemala’s national disaster agency said.

“It rained very hard yesterday … The soil is unstable,” Pablo Castillo, a spokesman for the national police said, according to a report by Al Jazeera News.

The Fuego volcano, in southern Guatemala, began spewing streams of red-hot lava and shooting out thick smoke and ash on Sunday that rained down onto several regions and the capital, Guatemala City, 30 kilometers away from the hardest-hit area.

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