Time is running out for emergency services trying to find survivors from the volcanic eruption in Guatemala, with 99 people confirmed dead and almost 200 still missing.
When the panic set off by the new evacuations became clear, disaster officials called for calm.
Alfonso Castillo, a 33-year-old farm worker, said nothing seemed abnormal on Sunday - but then the situation became significantly more risky.
On Tuesday, frightened people living near the volcano fled with their children and few possessions when authorities warned of fresh flows of super-heated debris, taking no chances after they were given little time to evacuate before Sunday's eruption. The death toll from a devastating eruption at the weekend has climbed to an estimated 85 and some 200 remain missing.
The official loss of life toll, which was elevated to 99 on Wednesday, was anticipated to rise extra, with at the least 197 folks listed as lacking.
At the same time, unsafe eruptions were still ongoing at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano.
At a shelter for people displaced by the powerful volcanic eruption in Guatemala, student stylists are volunteering to give haircuts to people who were burned the day of the disaster.
Volcanic ash blankets a home destroyed by the Volcan de Fuego, or "Volcano of Fire", eruption, in Escuintla, Guatemala. It said 28 bodies have been identified so far, including those of 4 children.
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An elderly man, who was featured in a video shortly after the eruption that showed him in a state of shock, caked from head to toe in ash and mud, died from the severe burns he suffered.
Officials said the speed and ferocity of the eruption took mountain communities by surprise, with numerous dead found in or around their homes.
The volcano is one of Central America's most active, and everyone was accustomed to rumbling and spewing smoke.
President Jimmy Morales traveled to El Rodeo by helicopter today to survey the destruction.
Rescuers are now waiting for authorities to declare whether it is safe or not to resume searching for any survivors or bodies.
Sergio Cabanas, director of the disaster agency, said Tuesday night at a news conference that 192 people were listed as missing.
Rescue workers say it is hard to imagine how anybody caught up in the churning clouds of volcanic material that reached up to 700 degrees centigrade could have survived.